Philippe Coutinho’s agent rules out Premier League return amid Arsenal & Man United links

The agent of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has this evening moved to reject the suggestion that his client could make a move back to the Premier League this summer.

Barca struggles

Brazilian attacker Coutinho made the move to Barcelona in January of last year, on the back of a stellar couple of seasons with Liverpool.

However, despite his hefty price-tag, the 27-year-old has since largely-struggled to live up to expectations in Catalunya.

Though his start to Blaugrana life over the second-half of the 2017/18 campaign proved at least somewhat encouraging, last season was a different story altogether.

Coutinho generally looked a shadow of his once-brilliant self, with a perpetual lack of confidence having seen the Brazilian continuously fade into the background, as Lionel Messi carried Barca’s creative burden on his back.

All told, Coutinho managed just 5 goals and 2 assists across 34 La Liga appearances.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 08: New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho is unveiled at Camp Nou on January 8, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Brazilian player signed from Liverpool, has agreed a deal with the Catalan club until 2023 season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The Camp Nou faithful, meanwhile, did not exactly help the situation, with many fans having turned on the former Inter Milan man as the season wore on.

PSG links

As such, speculation has already run rampant regarding Coutinho’s future with Barcelona, amid suggestions that the La Liga champions’ hierarchy could look to cut their losses on the South American this summer.

A potential swap deal involving fellow countryman Neymar has even been floated by some outlets:

‘Difficult for him to go to a rival’

Another rumoured destination for Coutinho, meanwhile, has been the Premier League.

The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have both been touted as potential landing spots of late.

The attacker’s agent, though, has this evening moved to shoot down such suggestions.

When questioned on the specific possibility of his client joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United during an interview with TalkSPORT (via Mundo Deportivo), Kia Joorabchian revealed that Coutinho’s Liverpool past would make a move to any rival Premier League club ‘extremely difficult’:

‘Manchester United is a great club. I have players there and I have all the respect, but in regards to Philippe, it would be extremely difficult, an almost impossible move.’

‘It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has a great affinity with Liverpool. His time there was fantastic. It would be difficult for him to go to a rival. Every time we talked about that we had the same conversation. It would be difficult for him to play for another club in the Premier League.’

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