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Barcelona outcast earns interest from Leicester City as exit looms

Barcelona are looking to raise funds to escape a state of massive debt and are looking to sell one of their forwards in the coming weeks.

Barcelona have now signed Emerson Royal, Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero this summer and are closing in on a fourth in the shape of Memphis Depay. The Blaugrana have acted quickly to sign some of the best free agents from Europe whilst also exercising their buyback clause for Emerson, but as of now, they have failed to sell any player from the first-team.

One of the players who is not in the club’s plans for the future is subject to interest from England, according to Mundo Deportivo. Leicester City have been credited with potentially signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona during the ongoing transfer window. The Foxes finished fifth in the Premier League last season and are looking to do better by revamping the squad.

Leicester are thought to be offering a transfer fee in the range of 20 million euros, which may be enough to price Coutinho away from the Camp Nou. The Brazilian, who gained prominence under Ronald Koeman earlier in the season, saw water being shed on his efforts due to a long-term injury and now stares towards a dark future at Barcelona.

Joan Laporta meanwhile is willing to accept anything that comes in as a transfer fee for Coutinho as it would help the club reduce its massive wage bill. Brendan Rodgers has already coached the 29-year-old in his Liverpool days and done so to good measure, which signals that the winger could be open to the idea of returning to the Premier League too.

Although he was incredibly good in his spell in England, it is difficult to see Coutinho get a starring role at the King Power Stadium too. Considering that Rodgers’ formation employs only one natural forward, Coutinho’s best bet is to feature in the attacking midfield role, which incidentally happens to be one of great competition in the Foxes’ roster.

Coutinho’s performances from the last few years suggest that he does not have enough to outdo the likes of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans for a regular role, and his signing by Leicester City could be only to add more squad depth and compete in the business end of the season, in which they have specifically struggled to maintain their form.