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Inter Miami interested in signing former Lionel Messi teammate Philippe Coutinho

Published at :January 10, 2024 at 11:39 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:38 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Brazilain is currently on loan at Al-Duhail

If Philippe Coutinho ‘doesn’t feature’ in Unai Emery’s plans at Aston Villa after a loan spell in Qatar, Coutinho may rejoin his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi at Inter Miami.

In September, the 31-year-old Brazilian made a temporary move to QSL team Al-Duhail. He made his debut there, scoring in a 2-1 away win over Al-Markhiya, but in just six games over four months, he has only managed one more goal.

Although he will be coming back to the Midlands this month, Emery and the Villa officials seem to be searching for another means of moving the player—perhaps through a loan or a move.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, there has been particular discussion regarding Coutinho starring in Major League Soccer, more precisely at teams like Miami or L.A. Galaxy.

After moving to Barcelona for £142 million in 2018, Coutinho—who is regarded as the most costly January acquisition of all time—has struggled to advance in his career. That transaction occurred six years ago. For the 2019–2020 season, he was loaned to Bayern Munich.

Although he had a great time there, making 23 appearances, registering eight goals, and winning a Champions League trophy, the Bavarians chose not to exercise their option to acquire the player for a long-term contract in the summer of 2020 for 120 million euros.

After new manager Ronald Koeman took over in August of that year, Coutinho went back to Barcelona, although he missed the rest of the 2020–21 season due to a serious knee injury he sustained in December.

After making 21 outings in the latter part of the 2021–22 season and netting five goals, Coutinho, who was originally signed by close friend and former Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard on loan, became a lifelong resident of Villa Park for an undisclosed amount on a four-year contract. The rumoured fee was £17 million.

However, Coutinho has rapidly found himself slipping down the attacking pecking order under Emery following Gerrard’s sacking in October 2022. He played in just 20 of the 38 Premier League games that season, scoring one goal.

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