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Kia Joorabchian: Philippe Coutinho’s agent provides update on future amid Chelsea and Liverpool transfer links, and also discusses Willian to Arsenal rumours

Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has told talkSPORT he has had ‘no talks whatsoever’ with any club about signing the Brazilian ace this summer.

The super-agent also discussed the transfer reports linking another of his clients – Chelsea winger Willian – with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal, and admitted the Brazilian is in an ‘awkward situation’.

Coutinho has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after a difficult few years in Spain and Germany.

Barcelona are ready to accept a loss on Philippe Coutinho after his failed £124million move to the Nou Camp

It hasn’t really worked out for the Brazilian playmaker since leaving Liverpool in 2018.

He failed to cut the mustard at Barcelona, where he struggled to live up to his staggering £142m price tag, and after just 18 months at the Nou Camp he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich.

His fortunes have improved during his Bundesliga stay, but Bayern are not prepared to make his transfer a permanent one.

Former club Liverpool have been linked with an interest, although recent reports in Spain claimed Chelsea were close to agreeing a deal for the maestro, while Everton and Newcastle are also apparently interested.

But Joorabchian insists there have been no talks with any club over Coutinho’s future, especially with the player currently on the sidelines and with the COVID-19 crisis effectively shutting down the transfer market.

Speaking on White and Sawyer on talkSPORT, the agent said: “Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment.

“He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that, which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season.

Coutinho has nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances for Bayern Munich. He managed 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 games for Barca, not a bad return, but the fans in Spain turned on him.
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“But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever.

“I think at the moment everyone’s concentration is on this pandemic and how football can restart in a safe and secure environment, and the health of safety of everybody.

“The transfer side of things and where Philippe will go, or where other players will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality.”

There have also been plenty of rumours surrounding the future of Brazilian winger Willian, who is set to become a free agent this summer when his Chelsea deal expires.

The 31-year-old forward will have no shortage of suitors and may remain in the Premier League, with the Blues’ London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham keen, while reports have claimed Liverpool are already in negotiations over a surprise move.

Willian’s contract at Chelsea expires on June 30
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However, Joorabchian says there is currently massive uncertainty over Willian’s future.

“Again, we’re not sure at the moment how the season will finish and we’re not sure how FIFA and the Premier League will make decisions in terms of free agents and what happens at the end of June in terms of when their contracts expire.

“There will have to be a lot of conversations over possible extensions.

“It’s not just Willian, I think all free agent players are in an awkward situation because do you sign a new contract, do you extend for a month, do you extend for a longer period?

“I think that will be something that will just play itself out closer to the time.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Kia Joorabchian IN FULL above!

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