Barcelona’s Coutinho transfer desperation grows amid financial woes

Barcelona have missed out on over £700m of income this season according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The Catalan club have been hit massively by the coronavirus pandemic and have been left counting their losses.

Huge fees have been spent on player recruitment in recent years and offloading some of their star names could be a way to cut their losses.

Bartomeu has already confessed that they will have to review how and where they spend their money if the current climate continues.

"In the 2020-21 season we expected to post 1.1 bn euros, but we'll have 30% of that," he said.

"If the situation of the pandemic doesn't improve, there will be no spectators, no museum, no stores open, and money will continue to be lost.

"It forces us to be very rigorous in management: we must review which investments are essential and which can wait."

The financial situation at the Nou Camp could further their need to offload Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis.

The Brazilian has struggled to deliver regularly enough following his mega money move from Liverpool in 2018.

He was loaned out to Bayern Munich this term but the Germans do not want to make his signing a permanent one.

Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian though admits the playmaker is keen on a Premier League return if such an avenue opens up.

“Because the Champions League is going to run all the way until August 23, I think it will be difficult for players like Coutinho to make any commitment or move until that date,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT.

“He has the Champions League at the moment and they have to qualify for the next round [against Chelsea ], and then he could play Barcelona, believe it or not.

“After the Champions League, it’s not been a secret that he wants to come back to the Premier League if he can. He loves playing in the Premier League and is adored in the Premier League.

“It is one of his priorities… but he is also not against staying at Barcelona, so it is very much open.”

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