Ex-Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutinho is said to be “unlikely” to join Everton this summer.
Reports yesterday claimed that the Toffees were confident of signing him in the next transfer window.
While the 28-year-old looks set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, the Daily Mail have reported that he will probably not be joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
According to the paper, sources close to the player have told them that a move to Everton is currently “unlikely”.
However, that could change ahead of the summer transfer window.
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Coutinho looks unlikely to play again this season after a knee injury suffered in December.
Coutinho to Everton makes sense but for Liverpool links
It is interesting to see that a move to Everton has not been completely ruled out.
A few seasons ago, it would have been crazy to think that the third most expensive player in the world would be transferred to the blue half of Liverpool.
Yet the appointment of Ancelotti has changed all that. The Italian boss is capable of drawing top talent to the club.
Everton pulled off the marvellous coups of James Rodriguez and Allan last summer.
Signing Coutinho would be a similar type of deal; a once world-class player approaching 30 who still has a bit to offer.
Having Coutinho and James in the same team would make Everton one of the most creative sides in England. The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison would get excellent service.
Especially with James coming onto his left foot and Coutinho coming onto his right.
However, it looks like the Brazilian would not be willing to destroy his relationship with Liverpool fans by signing for their local rivals.
It is a pity that his move to Barcelona has not worked out, because Coutinho is a very likeable person.
Hopefully, he can get his career back on track.
But not at Goodison Park, or anywhere else in England for that matter.