Philippe Coutinho ready to join Newcastle United after making U-turn on Barcelona future

Coutinho frustrated at the Camp Nou (Picture: Getty)

Philippe Coutinho has made a U-turn over his Barcelona future and is now prepared to join Newcastle United.

The former Liverpool star has been persistently linked with a return to the Premier League having struggled in Spain since his £140m move in 2018.

Barcelona, still in a desperate financial situation, have been eager to offload one of their biggest earners with Newcastle offering a route out of the Camp Nou following their Saudi-backed takeover in October.

Following Xavi’s return to the club, Coutinho had been determined to force his way back into the side and had initially ‘no intention’ of leaving the club for the Magpies.

But according to El Nacional, that stance has changed. The Brazil international is said to be increasingly frustrated having started on the bench in each of Barcelona’s three games since their new manager’s arrival.

Newcastle still winless this season (Picture: Getty)

Coutinho was reportedly told things would change under Xavi would change but with his situation no better than it was under previous boss Ronald Koeman, the 29-year-old is now reconsidering a move to Tyneside.

Coutinho previously had concerns over Newcastle’s position in the league with Eddie Howe’s side still winless this season and bottom of the Premier League.

But the former Liverpool star has reassessed his options and would consider a move back to England where he enjoyed his career-best form.

The report states Barcelona would allow Coutinho to leave for €30m, with the club also desperate to raise funds to bolster their options in attack with Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic and Ferran Torres among their targets.

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