Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho is currently at a career crossroads in his current run with Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho is coming off of one notable injury-marred campaign, as he missed the second half of the season due to a nagging knee injury, which wound up also keeping him out of Brazil’s 2021 Copa America final squad list.

For the moment, Philippe Coutinho is slated to soon join up with Barcelona for its preseason schedule, but it is not a guarantee that he will feature with the Catalan side this upcoming season.

In the big picture, Barcelona is more than open to offloading the veteran midfielder over the ongoing summer transfer window, and these three clubs could be ideal fits for him.

Philippe Coutinho destinations:


If there is one Premier League club that is in dire need of a playmaking threat, it is Arsenal.

For one, Emilie Smith Rowe led Arsenal over the 2020-2021 Premier League season in key passes per game with a mere 1.44 average. Martin Odegaard emerged as Arsenal’s go-to playmaker over the second half of the campaign, but he has now returned to parent club Real Madrid.

Overall, Arsenal could now use a player who has a prowess for dishing off key passes in the opponent’s defensive third while also being able to conduct play from Zone 14.

As Arsenal currently can not afford to go all out for a high-priced midfielder, Philippe Coutinho would be one possible low-risk, high-reward option for the Gunners.

Coutinho is well experienced in playing in England’s top flight, which dates back to his time with Liverpool. From his superb outside-the-box goals to simplistic skill in pushing play into the final third, Coutinho well made a name for himself during his quite impressive run in the Premier League, which is just what Arsenal needs at the moment.

Inter Milan

It is quite rare for a league winner to make massive changes across the board, but that is what Inter Milan has done over the ongoing summer transfer window.

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Most notably, Inter Milan and manager Antonio Conte parted ways following a dispute over the club’s direction for the upcoming season. Thus, the reigning Serie A champions subsequently appointed former Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi to become its new manager.

Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 setup was a staple during his run with Lazio, which included relying on midfielder Luis Alberto to be the team’s main attacking catalyst. Now with Inter, Inzaghi currently does not have that one midfielder who can create multiple goal-scoring chances for teammates on a regular game-by-game basis.

Philippe Coutinho would fit the bill for such a role with Inter, and club officials seem to be in agreement with this as well.

According to a recent report from the Spanish-based outlet Sport, Inter Milan would consider signing Philippe Coutinho on a one-season loan deal if he elects to lower his wages for the upcoming season.

It is not yet known whether Philippe Coutinho would consider taking a pay cut to facilitate such a move, but if he plans to do what it takes to leave Barca in the coming months, Inter would be one viable transfer destination for him.

Borussia Dortmund

This would be a wild-card move for the outcast Barcelona midfielder.

Borussia Dortmund recently appointed former Borussia Monchengladbach manager Marco Rose to become its new manager. Rose has not yet provided for a final declaration on the system that he will be operating his Dortmund side under for the upcoming season, but all signs point to him going with the balanced 4-2-3-1 setup.

Dortmund may soon have a need for an attacking catalyst as English star Jadon Sancho is set to join Manchester United.

While Giovanni Reyna is expected to have an increased attacking role for the upcoming season, Dortmund could certainly use another midfielder capable of being a game-changing playmaker over the course of a season. Enter Philippe Coutinho, who would be an ideal fit with the Bundesliga powerhouse.

Philippe Coutinho does have experience playing in the Bundesliga; he featured for FC Bayern Munich in the 2019-2020 season.

Barring any major surprise, Philippe Coutinho will not be donning Dortmund’s famed yellow jerseys this upcoming season, but one can not count out anything in the unpredictable world of the transfer market.