Ronald Koeman’s comments on Philippe Coutinho could hint at transfer outcome

Ronaldo Koeman is expected to take over at Barcelona in the coming days, and his previous comments on Philippe Coutinho could hint at the Brazilian’s future.

Koeman is set to become the new manager at the Nou Camp following the sacking of Quique Setien.

Setien was shown the door just days after Barca were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League with the Catalan giants also missing out on the La Liga title to Real Madrid.

Barca would need to pay compensation to get Koeman out of his current role as Netherlands head coach.

Should Koeman return to a club where he was player and assistant manager, one of the first things on the agenda may be the the future of Coutinho.

The former Liverpool star has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich though Arsenal are believed to be interested.

Though Koeman previously stated that he believes Coutinho can be “useful” at Barcelona, despite him not making as big an impact as hoped.

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Back in 2017, whilst in charge of Everton, Koeman was asked on his opinion of Coutinho with the star having been linked with a move to the Nou Camp at the time.

"He's a great player and I think he could be very useful to Barca," Koeman told El Mundo Deportivo.

"After all, it will depend on the circumstances of the transfer and his arrival.

"But he's a great player with a lot of qualities, without any doubt."

It hasn’t worked out as hoped for Coutinho at Barca, though there is set to be plenty of changes at the Nou Camp this summer.

There have been reports suggesting Luis Suarez could depart and we may even see Lionel Messi’s Barca career be ended.

That could open the door to Koeman keeping Coutinho, should the Dutch legend take over, but he will have plenty of decisions to make.

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