Leicester City are preparing a bid to bring Philippe Coutinho to the King Power Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), who claim that Brendan Rodgers’ side are keeping a close eye on the situation of the Barcelona forward, with the 48-year-old thought to be keen on a reunion with the Brazil international.
It is then reported that the Foxes, along with Arsenal and Everton, have moved to recruit the 29-year-old on either a permanent or temporary basis, with the Spanish giants believed to be more than willing to sanction Coutinho’s departure this summer.
While it is undeniable that Coutinho has not enjoyed the best football of his career in recent seasons, with the attacking midfielder having not featured for Barca since December due to a knee injury, considering how impressive the Brazilian was under the leadership of Rodgers at Liverpool, fans of Leicester should be buzzing at the possibility of landing the £27m-rated man this summer.
Indeed, over his 112 appearances under the Northern Irishman – the greatest number of games Coutinho has ever featured for a manager – the 29-year-old scored 17 goals and provided 23 assists for his teammates.
Arguably his best season under the 48-year-old came in 2013/14, when the £383k-per-week man scored five goals and registered seven assists over his 33 Premier League appearances, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots and making two key passes per game.
These returns saw the man Roberto Firmino dubbed a “magician” earn a seasonal WhoScored match rating of 7.44, ranking him as the Reds’ fifth-best performer in the league that season, playing a huge role in the club’s dramatic title race with Manchester City.
As such, while his wages are astronomically high, if Leicester can negotiate a deal to lower his salary either with Barcelona or the player himself, as well as being confident that Coutinho could go on to replicate his previous form under Rodgers, it would be an extremely difficult argument to make that he would not be a fantastic signing for the Champions League hopefuls.
And, with Mundo Deportivo suggesting that the Foxes are in the process of lining up a move for the 29-year-old this summer, seeing the Brazilian in action at the King Power on a regular basis next season may not be that distant of a possibility.