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Coutinho 'offered' to Everton on loan

| Saturday, 20 June 2020 50comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a one-year loan.

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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Dan Nulty
1 Posted 20/06/2020 at 01:54:40
John Zapa
2 Posted 20/06/2020 at 06:04:49
Even at ⅔rds of his £250k wages, that's still £165k a week, there is also the small matter of a loan fee. I can't see such a deal happening that would cost the club nearly £15M just for 1 season, it would be madness considering that the wage bill is currently higher than the turnover.
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 20/06/2020 at 08:29:31
It's still the silly season as far as transfer speculation is concerned.

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.

Kevin Prytherch
4 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:43:14
Whilst he's another one I'd probably say no to purely for the money... the players we're linked to are a big step up from Silva's era..

Imagine 12 months ago being seriously linked with Coutinho, Rodriguez and Thiago Silva...

Andrew Ellams
5 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:22:36
Might sound daft but Ancelotti would need to change his whole system to accommodate him and that could just end up negating all the hard work done with the likes of Calvert-Lewin.
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:58:05
The reason the top 4 clubs do well is down to a few things. One big factor is the quality of the players. We can bridge the gap with astute signings as Leicester have done and with player development as Spurs did under Pochettino. Both take a bit of time.

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.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 20/06/2020 at 11:37:11
I think we have some kind of cosy arrangement with Barca to advertise the players they want shifted. They are like our ‘twinned' Spanish friends, a lot of reciprocal backscratching going on...

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.

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:37:48
Thank them for their very kind offer but unfortunately we cannot take up their offer at this time. Then buy somebody Mr Ancelotti might want and who might be worth a lengthier contract. If they can't find a use for him then why would we?
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:54:09
Alan J, are you serious? Look at their lineup. Then look at our lineup.

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.

Ian Bennett
10 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:06:02
Depends who else comes in.

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.

Alan J Thompson
11 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:08:01
Sorry, Mike (#9), but not on those wages (plus loan fee?) on a temporary basis. I'd prefer to know Mr Ancelotti's long-term thoughts after these season-ending nine games rather than pointless loans that won't pay their way by lifting us from 12th to 5th or 6th, cash-wise.
Jim Harrison
12 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:17:05
I would gobble it up!!

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.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:21:18
Totally agree, Mike. And I don't think we should turn our noses up at a one-season loan. If he's really motivated to come, then great.

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.

Brian Wilkinson
14 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:09:57
John @2, let's look at it another way, you say it will cost Everton £165k a week, yes that is a lot for a player on loan.

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.

Carl Manning
15 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:40:21
Why are some against this? The fact we are even linked speaks volumes. I'd be shocked if Coutinho wanted to come to a bang average Premier League side. He would have the number one selling shirt in the club shop!

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.

James Flynn
16 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:43:21
I agree on his talent, but we'd be his 5th club.

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.

Jack Convery
17 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:52:39
With Brian (14) on this. My one doubt is why the RS are not in for him.
Jerome Shields
18 Posted 20/06/2020 at 16:59:11
Would be better than Delph. But why was Delph given a 3-year contract?

Most likely Ancelotti won't be interested but, if so, who is in charge of the Bacra/Everton hotline?

Robert Tressell
19 Posted 20/06/2020 at 18:50:47
James, you would honestly rather have Ryan Fraser than Coutinho?

Bill Gienapp
20 Posted 20/06/2020 at 18:56:54
I haven't really paid attention to why his career has gone sideways since leaving the Premier League, but if he could even roughly replicate his form for Liverpool, he could be exactly what we need.
Colin Glassar
21 Posted 20/06/2020 at 23:21:34
So what happened to Gabriel, Thiago Silva, Allen, the other lad from Brazil, James Rodriguez etc...? Now we're linked to an ex-RS who no-one else seems to want.

Is this the extent of Brands scouting?

James Flynn
22 Posted 20/06/2020 at 23:34:37
Robert (19) - Yes I would.

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.


Coutinho, No.

Fraser, Yes.

Vijay Nair
23 Posted 21/06/2020 at 01:01:53
I'd take him on purely to piss off our loveable neighbors.
Steve Ferns
24 Posted 21/06/2020 at 01:58:50
Coutinho on loan for 12 months. That'd take us to a point whereby most of Walsh's duds are off the books and we can actually have some FFP wiggle room to spend on someone more long term than Coutinho.

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.

Eric Myles
25 Posted 21/06/2020 at 03:56:35
Vijay #23, but only if we could sign him before today's match!!

I think the £15M is best used towards someone on a longer contract and with possible resale value.

Martin Berry
26 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:25:05
At his best, he is top quality and, with our Brazilian contingent, it could be a goer.

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.

Kenny Smith
27 Posted 21/06/2020 at 08:56:18
Absolute waste of money. I'd rather put that money towards trying to get Danny Ings. We need an out-and-out goalscorer. We've got enough Number 10s surely.
Dan Nulty
28 Posted 21/06/2020 at 10:38:46
Danny ings? One decent season does not an out-and-out goalscorer make.
Darren Hind
29 Posted 21/06/2020 at 10:45:48
I would love us to sign Danny Ings.

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.

Tony Shelby
30 Posted 21/06/2020 at 11:09:52
If it’s true, sign him up.
Mike Allison
31 Posted 21/06/2020 at 11:51:44
James, 22, I think the benefit to Everton might be lots of goals and assists?! Perhaps more points in the league? An enhanced reputation as a place where top players can shine? Enhanced reputations of our other players who've produced more due to playing alongside someone of Coutinho's ability? I'd quite like Ryan Fraser on a free as well, but there's no comparison between the two players.

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.

James Flynn
32 Posted 21/06/2020 at 20:05:38
Mike (31) - I'm not questioning Coutinho's skills and abilities.

Fraser's a fine and productive player. He'll suit us better.

Kenny Smith
33 Posted 21/06/2020 at 21:46:59
Dan Nulty @ 28. I agree with you to a point but Ings didn't really get a chance at the RS due to injury and, let's face it, they're pretty good with loads of options up front.

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.

Steven Astley
34 Posted 22/06/2020 at 10:38:54
Would love to see Dennis Adeniran given a run at some point in the run in. Was surprised to see him not make the bench last night for the derby. 2 Goalkeepers? Really?
Geoff Lambert
35 Posted 22/06/2020 at 18:27:58
Are there people on here actually worrying what might happen to Calvert-Lewin if we manage to sign a world class player???

FFS – small-club mentality never changes.

Carl Manning
36 Posted 23/06/2020 at 00:35:22
Fraser will suit us better if we want to stand still!

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.

Dale Rose
37 Posted 23/06/2020 at 18:03:42
Sorry Ings is another sick note. We have enough of those.

Couthino however at the right money could be a good deal.

Brian Wilkinson
38 Posted 24/06/2020 at 16:15:58
I am baffled that Everton want to pay a £20 Million loan fee for one season with Barca wanting closer to £25 Million, but are willing to sell the player for £63 Million.

Let us just say we agree to £20 Million, then take another year at £20 Million, that’s £40 Million for a player that is not ours.

Why don’t 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.

Dano Holcomb
39 Posted 25/06/2020 at 15:04:26
We are desperately missing a creative maestro in the middle. Plus Coutinho is hungry and who knows, maybe his loan becomes permanent based on quality performances. He is a proven player with loads of experience at the highest level.
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??
Robert Tressell
40 Posted 25/06/2020 at 15:20:49
Coutinho would play wide left ish in a 442 not central. Bit like Bernard but really good.
Adrian Haggar
41 Posted 25/06/2020 at 21:36:03
If this were even remotely true and is was possible to get someone this good in the team then its a no brainer, ok the money is whatever it is, none of it is coming out of our own pockets so why do people bang on about how much a player may cost us!!!!
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!!!!
Tony Everan
42 Posted 26/06/2020 at 09:43:18
Coutinho is a class act, it would take us up a level to have such a talented player in our midfield.

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.

Sam Hoare
43 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:05:52
Adrian@41, people bang on about how much money it will cost because it has a very real and important effect on the club we all love!

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.

Brian Harrison
44 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:39:27
All I would say is if Courtinho is everything some on here are saying, how come Barcelona sent him on loan to Bayern, and why havent Bayern tried to make the move permanent.
Rob Halligan
45 Posted 26/06/2020 at 10:41:42
Would love to get Coutinho into our club, but does anyone know what the player himself thinks? He may, out of courtesy to the RS decline the offer to join us. Didn't Emre Can recently say he was given an opportunity to join man Utd but declined due to their rivalry with the RS? On the other hand, Coutinho may well relish the opportunity to work with Ancelotti again. Interesting few weeks coming up.
Brian Harrison
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.

Ian Riley
47 Posted 27/06/2020 at 12:29:29
These players are the difference between 4th place and 5th place. Such players bring the standards and expectations amongst other team members to a higher level. If the club want the next level, go and get him.
John Davies
48 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:43:07
I live in Spain, and he was rubbish with Barcelona. Give one of the kids a chance.
Barry Rathbone
49 Posted 02/07/2020 at 17:24:14
Mad how Liverpool players are world class at monkey island then fall from grace once paroled. Michael Owen, Ian Rush, Suarez,Torres now Coutinho. Some drugs going on at that place.
Mike Gaynes
50 Posted 02/07/2020 at 17:30:01
Brian #44, because they have world-class players in Coutinho's position. We do not.

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