Leicester City are preparing an ambitious raid on Barcelona for midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The 29-year-old Brazilian playmaker has failed to live up to expectations since making a mega money move to the Catalan giants from Liverpool in a reported £105million deal, bagging just 15 LaLiga goals in 64 Spanish top-flight appearances.
Coutinho has not played for Barcelona in 2021 after suffering a serious knee injury which ended up requiring two surgeries against Eibar in late December.
Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are keen to offload Coutinho from their inflated wage bill, and have linked Leicester with a £20m move for the former Inter Milan star.
Current Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers worked with Coutinho at Liverpool when they went agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2013-14.
And Leicester are mentioned as one of a few clubs interested in signing Coutinho , with Barcelona hoping competition will help them recoup as much of the enormous fee they paid for him in January 2018.
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