Everton Would Be Happy To Take Philippe Coutinho Of Barcelona's Hands

Philippe Coutinho will be warmly welcomed at Everton, according to Steve McManaman.

The Liverpool great spoke on how the Brazilian could end up at Merseyside this summer.

“A lot of my mates are Evertonians, I’ve got nephews that are Everton season ticket holders, if you’ve got those types of players who can produce that type of magic, I’d love to see him here, back in the city of Liverpool playing for the Blues,” he said.

“With his type of football, you would always encourage him to want to play. You know he’s not playing at the moment for Barcelona, you’d like him to play because of what we’ve seen before,” he told HorseRacing.net.

“I would be astounded if Everton could do the deal and pay his wages to be honest with you. Unless he takes a monumental pay cut, I would be very surprised.

“I would be very surprised if he could come to a club like Everton in the city of Liverpool and they pay that type of money but he’s a fantastic player, he’s not playing enough in Spain, he didn’t play enough last year when he won the Champions League at Bayern Munich.

“He needs to play football. He might have to take a huge pay cut and Barcelona might have to take a huge hit on their transfer and let him go somewhere where he’s able to play, and if that happens to be Everton I’d welcome him. Like James Rodriguez, those types of players you want to see.”

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