Barcelona are reportedly trying to move Philippe Coutinho to Lazio on loan but the Serie A side may struggle to pay his wages. The Blaugrana are trying to get rid of several of the club’s top earners to cut their wage bills and Coutinho is one such player.
According to Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport (via Soccer Italy), Barcelona are ready to cover half of Coutinho’s salary, which means that Lazio will have to pay the player € 4.5m per year.
Lazio, on the other hand, find themselves in a difficult financial position and are trying to register five players. The Serie A side are trying to sell Joaquin Correa to raise money for new coach Maurizio Sarri.
There was also talk of President Claudio Lotito lending money to the club, but it remains to be seen how the situation will develop in the coming weeks.
Coutinho has struggled since moving from Liverpool to Camp Nou and could have a tough time joining Barcelona’s first team next season.
Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho wants to join a club in the Champions League
Philippe Coutinho has been linked with several clubs in the Premier League, including Arsenal and Leicester City. Rumors of a Liverpool return have also been making the rounds, but the Merseysiders are unlikely to break their wage structure to sign Coutinho.
According to reports in Italy, Coutinho plans to move to a club that plays in the Champions League but that possibility seems far-fetched.
Coutinho’s high wages and recent injury record mean many top clubs will be reluctant to sign him. As things stand, he could stay at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.
The Brazilian led regular football under Koeman prior to his injury at the end of the season in December 2020. Although competition for seats will be fierce next season, Barcelona have signed several new players who will take some time to get used to the club’s style of play.
If Coutinho manages to stay injury-free, he could revive his career after his dream move to Camp Nou in 2018.