According to France Football, Newcastle have opened talks with the representatives of Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho over a potential summer move to Tyneside.
Coutinho is currently on loan with German champions Bayern Munich but his season has come to an abrupt end due to injury. His current employer, Barcelona, are thought to be looking to cash in on the Brazilian this month.
When the news of the potential Saudi funded takeover of Newcastle broke, Coutinho was one of the first names linked. Now, France Football believe that Coutinho’s reps and Newcastle have begun talking with regards to the move – despite the fact the takeover is still up in the air.
This is what France Football actually said:
“Negotiations have already started and Coutinho’s entourage seem to believe strongly in the project (at Newcastle should the Saudi takeover complete) and in the possibility for the player to be part of it.”
All that is very interesting but, to be perfectly honest, I’m having a hard time coming to terms with and believing rumours like this one while the takeover is still with the Premier League and awaiting approval.
If it is true and the potential new Newcastle owners are already tapping up players with regards to moving to Tyneside then it can’t be anything other than positive signs. The likelihood of it all for me though is that this is merely agent talk in order to drum up more interest or hurry up clubs who may have been sniffing around.