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Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho price tag ‘too much for any club to pay’

Barcelona are looking to get Philippe Coutinho off their books this summer but their asking price means no club has been willing to make an offer.

The Brazilian has been on loan at Bayern Munich this season, after the German side forked out €8.5m (£7.7m) to bring him to the Allianz arena.

The deal had a buyout option of €120m (£108.5m) but Bayern have made it clear that they have no intention of triggering that when their Champions League campaign comes to an end.

As a result, Coutinho's future remains up in the air but their asking price means it is more likely he will go out on loan again, according to Spanish publication Marca.

The report states that no club has been willing to pay the €80m (£72m) that Coutinho is available for and Barcelona are unlikely to lower that number despite wanting to get rid of him.

A number of Premier League sides have been linked with a loan move for the 28-year-old and his agent Kia Joorabchian has offered an update on his future.

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"At the moment, with Coutinho, he is so focused on getting through the next stage of the Champions League," Joorabchian told talkSPORT.

"He has got a massive game – the club that owns him against the club he is playing for. So he is in a massive situation at the moment.

"He is going to play Barcelona, he is looking forward to it. He is looking forward to winning the Champions League. I think (Bayern) have a side that has the potential to be there, definitely a potential to be there.

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  • "And I think after the Champions League is finished, and whatever happens, then we will sit down. I haven’t even spoken to him about it actually. It could be that Barcelona is the ultimate destination.

    "He loves the Premier League, he wants to come to the Premier League, but finances and the numbers and the situation of Covid are all going to play a big part, because he is a big player with big numbers."

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