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Report: Leicester considering £17m bid for Philippe Coutinho

Leicester City are reportedly considering making a £17m offer for former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Mundo Deportivo report that the Foxes are keeping a close eye on his situation at Barcelona.

Brendan Rodgers is thinking about making an offer for a player that he managed at Anfield, although it could potentially be a loan offer.

The Catalans are seemingly keen to offload a player that they spent £142m on (BBC) to sign back in January 2018.

Coutinho’s stay at Camp Nou has not gone according to plan, to say the least.

Considering he only turned 29 this week, he should be in the middle of his prime, not being shipped out for a fraction of the price that they paid for him just three years ago.

Leicester and Coutinho a decent fit

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Coutinho is still a player missed by many Liverpool supporters. This is despite the fact that he forced a move away from the club.

A recent photo from current Red Thiago with the Brazilian star drew demands from fans to “bring him home”.

However, it is quite clear that Coutinho just isn’t on Liverpool’s level anymore.

A move to a team pushing for top four would suit him better.

Brendan Rodgers got great output from Coutinho when the pair were together on Merseyside.

While Leicester have James Maddison in the attacking-midfield role, they clearly need to add more depth. They missed out on Champions League qualification because their squad simply wasn’t good enough to last the course of the season.

Adding a player of Coutinho’s quality, be it on loan or for a cheap fee of £17m, would give them a good chance of doing it next campaign.

He could offer competition for both Maddison and Harvey Barnes while offering some winning experience in the dressing room.

A successful spell at the King Power could ensure that Coutinho’s career doesn’t fizzle out like many before him.

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