Philippe Coutinho had the world at his feet in 2018.
The Brazilian was Liverpool's star attraction – a team that would reach the final of the Champions League that season – and could have signed for any club on the planet.
He wanted to play for Barcelona. And, when the Nou Camp giants came calling, there was simply nothing Liverpool could do to convince him otherwise.
In January 2018 Barcelona paid £142million for Coutinho, bringing him in as a long-term replacement for the irreplaceable Andres Iniesta.
He hit the ground running, but it wasn't long before performances started to wane and after an uncertain summer he was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich.
The German giants weren't the club Coutinho had dreamed of playing for like Barcelona, but they're still the biggest outfit in their country with an incredible European pedigree.
The loan move was Coutinho's chance to reinvent himself and potentially secure a permanent switch to Bayern, if things went to plan.
And things were going to plan early doors – exactly as they did at Barcelona – before once again, performances started to wane.
It was around this time that Coutinho received some transfer advice from compatriot Cafu. The former Roma right-back said, as reported by Mundo Deportivo: "I would advise him to stay with Bayern.
"Phil is a sensational football player, extremely talented, smart and dangerous. He has already demonstrated his skills in Barcelona and Liverpool.
"In the right position, he can make a difference. You definitely have to play him in the center where he is much more important for the team."
As things stand, Bayern have absolutely no plans to make the transfer permanent.
Coutinho would cost the Bavarian club €120million on top of the €8.5m they have already paid just to loan him for the season.
This makes the Brazilian's situation incredibly awkward as neither Barcelona nor Bayern Munich want him on their books.
Coutinho's problems get worse as there are only a handful of clubs with the funds available to sign him, and most of these aren't interested.
Real Madrid are off the table, Liverpool consider him to be too old for such an outlay, and Manchester United are chasing Jadon Sancho.
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