Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona career looked dead and buried as he dealt his parent club the final blows of their demoralizing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian’s move to the Nou Camp has failed to prove a success since his transfer from Liverpool in 2018.
However, his 10-minute cameo in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final may not be the last we see of him in a Barca shirt if Ronaldo Koeman’s previous comments are anything to go by.
Koeman is expected to be announced as Barcelona’s new manager in the coming days after Quique Setien was sacked in the aftermath of the Bayern drubbing.
And the Dutchman is clearly a fan of Coutinho.
Asked during his time as Everton boss in 2017 what he thought of Coutinho’s proposed switch to the La Liga giants, Koeman told El Mundo Deportivo : “He’s a great player and I think he could be very useful to Barca.
“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.”
Barcelona are planning a major overhaul of their aging squad as they look to breathe fresh life with some new recruits.
Among the casualties could be Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba – both of whom Koeman is believed to be willing to let go.
The future of Coutinho is still up in the air as he prepares to make a bashful return to the club after his Champions League brace.
It is unlikely he will work his way back into Koeman’s plans given the midfielder’s latest act, but no clubs have yet come forward with a bid to sign the player permanently.