Leicester made the transfer before Man United and Chelsea in pursuit of Philippe Coutinho – report

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Leicester City is the only club to date to have expressed an official interest in recruiting Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, ​​according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The former Liverpool playmaker is expected to leave Nou camp this summer after spending the season on loan at Bayern Munich.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked to a Brazilian ace movement with the Foxes.

It was reported yesterday that Leicester had doubts about a possible big contract.

However, Balague said on his YouTube channel, “The fact is that only Leicester has shown interest in Coutinho. Only Leicester.

“But I know that Coutinho representatives are turning to the Premier League with the possibility of doing so. “

Barcelona are apparently looking to recover around £ 80 million from the £ 142 million they paid Liverpool for the 27-year-old a few years ago.

The Spanish giants are said to be reluctant to accept a one-season loan agreement – but would insist on a mandatory purchase clause to make the move permanent at the end.

Sport says that if a lending Coutinho club covered its annual salary by £ 11.5 million, they could sign it permanently for a reduction of £ 53 million at the end of next season.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers worked with the Liverpool player after signing him for Inter Milan for just 8.5 million pounds.

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