Copa Libertadores champions pull out of race to sign Barcelona outcast

Phillipe Coutinho’s struggles at Barcelona have seen no end. His repeated failure under successive coaches has led to an irreversible situation where the Catalans are looking to force a way out for the Brazilian.

The player, too, is aware of the situation and has reportedly agreed to leave if a move can be engineered. Barcelona eye several possible destinations for the midfielder, but a return to Brazil seemed to be amongst the more probable outcomes.

According to reports from SPORT, though, one of the Brazilian outfits, Palmeiras have withdrawn from the race to sign Coutinho, despite being initially interested in him.

Three clubs from Brazil were initially thought to be financially capable of signing the former Liverpool star — Palmeiras, Flamengo, and Atletico Mineiro. The final decision in all three cases would depend on the manager’s call.

In the case of the Copa Libertadores Champions, their manager Abel Ferreira was presented with the option to sign Coutinho. The Portuguese manager is keen on using the club’s resources to sign a striker to replace the departing Devyerson. Consequently, the chances of the Barcelona player moving to Palmeiras is ruled out.

There is still interest from other clubs in Brazil. Flamengo are reportedly serious in their pursuit of the Brazilian. The side would be willing to shell out close to €3 million annually to pay his wages. However, that interest is only for a move on loan until the end of the season.

Coutinho is also linked with a return to the Premier League, with Everton leading the charge for his signature. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested as well.

With just two goals in the league this season, Coutinho has been far from impressive. The hope is that a change in scenery brings with it a change in forture for the veteran.

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