Balague’s response when asked if Madrid or Barcelona could move for Coutinho

Well-known Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has given his take on whether Real Madrid or Barcelona could move for Philippe Coutinho in the summer transfer window.

Coutinho is one of the best players in the Premier League and has been in good form for Liverpool so far this season.

The Brazil international attacking midfielder has scored five goals and created 30 chances in 11 league appearances for the Reds so far this campaign.

During the 2015-16 campaign, the 24-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, scored eight goals and created 49 chances in 26 Premier League matches.

Balague has suggested that Spanish giants Madrid and Barcelona could move for the former Inter Milan player in the future, although he has outlined some factors that could be against that.

“Last time I spoke about Coutinho a few months back, I thought he wasn’t ready for Barcelona or Real Madrid,” Balague wrote on in response to a question from a Liverpool fan asking him if Barcelona or Madrid could come in for Coutinho in the summer.

“I can now see that he is the most talented player at Liverpool, he’s performing regularly, and is scoring. Yes, he is getting to that level where either Barca or Real can come for him.

“He needs a bit more glamour for Real Madrid to have big, big interest. For Barcelona, they need to decide what to do with Arda Turan, and then they have to decide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.

“The problem with Coutinho as a No 10, he hasn’t got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3. He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn’t his role, so it’s difficult to find a place for him.

“Let’s see who the manager is at Barcelona next season, or if Luis Enrique continues, but certainly he would be so expensive that I couldn’t see Barca coming in for him just yet. At the moment, neither of them are in the equation, but let’s see how things progress.”

Madrid are banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows, as reported by BBC Sport, while Barcelona do not exactly need a player in the mould of Coutinho at the moment.

Moreover, if Liverpool finish in the top four of the Premier League this season or win the title, then the Brazilian attacking midfielder may not feel the need to leave the Merseyside outfit in the summer transfer window.

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