Barcelona have received an unexpected request for an unwanted midfielder.
Surprisingly, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is back in demand with the asking party being none other than his current employers, Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga giants had rejected the option of signing Coutinho on a permanent basis quoting his massive transfer fee as the reason, but the German champions want to retain the Brazilian’s services beyond the expiration of his loan deal.
The Bavarian side are preparing for DFB-Pokal finals against Bayern Leverkusen while also keeping high hopes for the return of Champions League campaign where they face Chelsea for the second-leg.
The 28-year-old has been a crucial part of Hans-Dieter Flick’s squad before his ankle injury. The former Liverpool man has since returned to training and Flick wants to retain him until the end of the current campaign.
His loan contract with Bayern, however, ends on June 30 but the German side have asked the Catalans to extend his stay until August to have Coutinho available for both DFB-Pokal finals and the Champions League.
Sport via German newspaper BILD reveals that Munich boss, Flick, believes Coutinho has a vital role to play in the near future thus an official request has been made.
Bayern awaits Barca’s response as Inter Milan have been known to be interested in the player as Coutinho could have a vital role in bringing Lautaro Martinez to Camp Nou.
The deal for Lautaro will be left untouched until July when his contract opens up for other clubs. But the current state of the deal is that the Nerazzurri have demanded 90 million euros in cash along with an additional player with the current options being Junior Firpo and Nelson Semedo.
While Coutinho’s inclusion should reduce the 90 million demanded by Inter due to his current value being more than both Firpo and Semedo, it remains to be seen whether the Italian side values him the same.