Barcelona are apparently willing to let the former Liverpool player leave on a temporary basis next season and, according to journalist Duncan Castles, Goodison Park is a possible destination.
Barça are supposedly prepared to pay around a third of Coutinho's wages to make the deal "more affordable" to Everton.
It's not the first time Coutinho has been linked with the Blues in recent weeks. The player's agent, Kia Joorabchian, is close friends with Farhad Moshiri and that could be fuelling the speculation.
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1 Posted 20/06/2020 at 01:54:40
2 Posted 20/06/2020 at 06:04:49
3 Posted 20/06/2020 at 08:29:31
We don't yet know what form the transfer window will take. We also don't know what financial impact social distancing is going to have on the sport and the way clubs operate.
Players earning this sort of money may become a thing of the past. Until we have a clearer picture, I'll continue to stay calm when I read any padding and filler stories, which all this sort of journalism is.
4 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:43:14
Imagine 12 months ago being seriously linked with Coutinho, Rodriguez and Thiago Silva...
5 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:22:36
6 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:58:05
However, I am not averse to the addition of some top quality if available. Coutinho is a fabulous player. If we have the opportunity to bring him in even on loan and he is motivated to come, then great. The cost is then something for Moshiri and Usmanov to worry about.
7 Posted 20/06/2020 at 11:37:11
I have been thinking for a while that Barca have been keeping us very sweet because they want first option with Richarlison in a year or two. Whether it's a load of bollocks or not, we have to be alert and clever and do what's best for us.
Countinho is a gifted player and would grace any club. Where would he fit in with us though? Right midfield? Or as a No 10 with Richarlison pushed wide right?
What would the right to buy price be? The last thing we need is to invest and support in a player for a year, bring him back to his best, only for Barcelona to auction him off to the highest bidder. Or to then use him as a makeweight part-ex for our star man.
8 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:37:48
9 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:54:09
Rent him and stick him right in the middle of the pitch, where he can spread some quality passes around.
And just enjoy the sight of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin putting goals away from a real top-class playmaker.
10 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:06:02
If you can move on Sigurdsson, Walcott, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Sandro – then yes, bringing someone of that quality is a major upgrade.
Add in some up-and-coming players, and things will look quite different.
11 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:08:01
12 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:17:05
Him, Richalison and Bernard in the same line-up? As long as there was a solid centre-midfielder added to shore up the middle.
But, with Calvert-Lewin and Kean, there's some decent attacking players in there with options to change it up. There's still Sigurdsson and Iwobi too.
13 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:21:18
It might buy time for someone like Gordon to become more of a fixture in the first team.
It also allows us to recruit up and coming players without hurting the first team while they bed in. In fact, it's probably easier to bed in with top quality players around.
If we sign him, James Rodriguez and Thiago Silva and no-one else then it's a bad plan. But one motivated star + some youthful promise is probably a good plan.
14 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:09:57
Is it worth laying that amount out fora quality player.
Well when you look at Schneiderlin who is getting £100k a week, if he does go to Nice then you are looking at around £65k a week extra for an upgrade.
We are getting one off the books and bringing one in for example the last year of Schneiderlins contract, who to be honest, we thought we would have sitting on his contract until next season.
So to free up £100k a week, gives us the option to make that upgrade for the season, Coutinho can bring so much more to Everton, link players up in attack, and give us that little bit more attacking options, than the slow build-up play we have at the moment.
It could be a risk worth taking, if other options are not willing to come to Everton.
15 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:40:21
I know the money's a lot but think what he would bring in terms of marketing and publicity. And Everton is easier to sell to other top-class players when players see they'll be playing with players of his standard, as opposed to Delph, Walcott etc.
16 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:43:21
Just turned 28 on massive wages, and a 1-year loan. For what exactly?
If one of these rumors of in-bound midfielders is to be true, I'd rather it be the one about Fraser.
17 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:52:39
18 Posted 20/06/2020 at 16:59:11
Most likely Ancelotti won't be interested but, if so, who is in charge of the Bacra/Everton hotline?
19 Posted 20/06/2020 at 18:50:47
20 Posted 20/06/2020 at 18:56:54
21 Posted 20/06/2020 at 23:21:34
Is this the extent of Brands scouting?
22 Posted 20/06/2020 at 23:34:37
Of course Coutinho's a wonderful talent, a proven one. But a 1-year loan at a wage-scale shattering salary, at the end of which he's 29? No end that benefits Everton.
Our various dealings with Barca since Roberto's moves for Deulofeu is the only reason for this nonsense anyway. We both know it's not true.
Fraser adds pace, skill and tenacity to our mid-field. However often and sad our recent misfortunes are, Everton remains a big Club. Dormant yes, big nonetheless. My view is we'd get Ryan's best.
For Philippe, given the clubs he's played for, Everton would just be some club he kicks a ball for wages.
23 Posted 21/06/2020 at 01:01:53
24 Posted 21/06/2020 at 01:58:50
Coutinho is not perfect. He's got flaws and particularly he goes missing and gets kicked out of games too easily. However, on his day, he's truly world class. I'd be pleased if we took him on loan for £165k a week and no loan fee.
If we did sign him, then we'd need to switch to a 4-3-3, so Carlo would need to be firmly on board and have a team ready for this system.
We'd still need a pacy right-sided player (Fraser on a free?) and a centre-half and a centre-midfielder.
25 Posted 21/06/2020 at 03:56:35
I think the £15M is best used towards someone on a longer contract and with possible resale value.
26 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:25:05
Whether the player will fancy playing for us being an ex-Red, who knows? However, I think he will fall in love with Everton if he comes, like they all do.
27 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:56:18
28 Posted 21/06/2020 at 10:38:46
29 Posted 21/06/2020 at 10:45:48
He has been dogged by injuries for years, but now he is showing his quality.
Ings, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison would offer any manager fantastic options.
30 Posted 21/06/2020 at 11:09:52
31 Posted 21/06/2020 at 11:51:44
Andrew, @5, Ancelotti is not one of those managers who can only play one way. He has regularly changed system to accommodate players. I remember reading somewhere what he did to fit James Rodriguez into the Bayern team, it would be something similar in this case. A good coach creates the best team; however, it needs to be done, they don't have to shoehorn players into their own pre-existing system.
32 Posted 21/06/2020 at 20:05:38
Fraser's a fine and productive player. He'll suit us better.
33 Posted 21/06/2020 at 21:46:59
Tonight's game proves I'm right, though, in that we need a goal scorer. Someone who can be totally in and out of a game but knows how to get us a goal.
34 Posted 22/06/2020 at 10:38:54
35 Posted 22/06/2020 at 18:27:58
FFS – small-club mentality never changes.
36 Posted 23/06/2020 at 00:35:22
Imagine Carlo having to sell playing with Fraser to Rabiot or Allan for example, and then imagine the difference when you swap Fraser for Coutinho in that conversation.
That's not forgetting the massive gulf in class and talent.
37 Posted 23/06/2020 at 18:03:42
Couthino however at the right money could be a good deal.
38 Posted 24/06/2020 at 16:15:58
Let us just say we agree to £20 Million, then take another year at £20 Million, thats £40 Million for a player that is not ours.
Why dont we try to the haggle the £63 Million asking price.
I know people will say he is in his late twenties and think about no resale value, but if we can get a good 4 to 5 seasons, then you then have to ask would you use the money to buy Coutinho or Allen for around the same price.
I can only think the reasoning is down to Barcelona agreeing to pay a third of his wages, if we take him on loan instead.
39 Posted 25/06/2020 at 15:04:26
Yes, we are rebuilding, but we also need a good balance of leadership from veterans.
This deal can also be used to draw other "wantaway" talent who are looking for fresh starts and challenges.
Everton are certainly on the up. I wouldn't imagine players like a Coutinho, Rodriguez, Silva or Cavani would harm the balance of a our side on the rise??
40 Posted 25/06/2020 at 15:20:49
41 Posted 25/06/2020 at 21:36:03
Anyone who has seen our last 2 dismal showings know we have a nothing midfield, none of them are good enough or maybe Gomes is just not trying cause he has to play with the likes of Davies, Iwobi, Siguardsson et al, bring him some quality to play with and we may have a different player in our team!!!!
As a club they should be thinking about getting some really quality in otherwise we will just tread water with the likes of villa, newcastle etc and that not good enough, if it is then why do we all bother??????
Come on Blues lets start showing some real ambition and not settle for a freebie from Bournmouth or Arsenal rejects!!!!
42 Posted 26/06/2020 at 09:43:18
Coutinho Gomes Allan Iwobi lining up next season has a look of class about it.
Signing them two Brazilians would take us up a level. What I want is some continuity as well. Take him on loan but only with an acceptable right to buy clause. Either that or buy him outright.
43 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:05:52
For example the £45m plus 100k wages spent on Siggurddsson was then money that we could not spend on other players, our own Tielemans perhaps or Bruno Fernandes.
Coutinho is an excellent player who practically guarantees you goals and assists but that is crazy money (if true) for a loan move if they really expect a £25m loan fee. If there was an opportunity to buy that could be different but not sure there is.
Perhaps if we on the brink of top 4 and he might be the player to push us over the top then it could be worth it but we are just not there yet. There's no point getting Coutinho for that moolah if we don't have the players who can get him the ball quickly and effectively.
44 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:39:27
45 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:41:42
46 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:55:49
I don know what Coutinho thinks but his agent is saying he wants him to go to Arsenal according to the BBC sport pages.
47 Posted 27/06/2020 at 12:29:29
48 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:43:07
49 Posted 02/07/2020 at 17:24:14
50 Posted 02/07/2020 at 17:30:01
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