Brendan Rodgers keen on Philippe Coutinho reunion at Leicester City

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a permanent move away from the Spanish club this summer.

The Brazilian has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Leicester City thought to be keen on his services.

Brendan Rodgers currently manages Leicester City. The former Liverpool manager was the one who signed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan and brought him to Anfield.

Rodgers was instrumental to Coutinho’s development into a top-class player. It will be interesting to see if he can help the Brazilian regain his form and sharpness once again.

Coutinho has been a massive flop since this £142 million move to Barcelona, and the Brazilian is likely to cost a fraction of that the summer.

As a result of his poor form and finanicial concerns, he lost his place in starting eleven for Barcelona first, and now, he is out of Brazil’s Copa America 2021 squad as well. A player of his calibre should be playing regularly, and he is unlikely to get that opportunity at the Spanish club next season.

A move to Leicester City could be ideal for his career right now, and working with a manager who knows his strengths and weaknesses could benefit him.

The midfielder needs a spell out of the limelight to regain his confidence and rhythm.

The pressure to perform at a club like Barcelona is massive, and Coutinho has struggled to live up to the expectations so far. The lack of regular first-team action does not help either.

Barcelona are reportedly under financial stress, and they will be happy to cut their losses on the Brazilian this summer. However, it remains to be seen whether Leicester are prepared to pay the asking price for the former Liverpool player.

Also, Coutinho might have to accept a pay cut in order to return to the Premier League as Leicester are unlikely to afford his massive wages at Barcelona.

Apparently, there is talk of a potential £17m bid or a possible loan switch for the Brazilian.