Barcelona Offer Coutinho to Lazio but His High Wages Pose a Problem

Barcelona have reportedly offered Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho to Lazio.

As reported by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Blaugrana are looking to offload the 29-year-old Brazilian this month as they work to reduce their overall salary bill.

The former Liverpool man played very little last season due to a knee injury, making only 12 La Liga appearances in the first half of the season. He is not in Barcelona’s plans anymore, but could still show his full value somewhere else.

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At the moment, a move to Lazio is just a nice idea, considering his salary of around €9 million, which is massively out of the Biancocelesti’s wage structure. Star striker Ciro Immobile, who is the highest earner in the squad, earns close to €8 million net per season.

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Lazio are on the hunt for a new forward to strengthen coach Maurizio Sarri’s squad, but Coutinho is unlikely to be that player unless his wage demands drop significantly. 

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