Everton looked to Philippe Coutinho for a shocking summer move from Barcelona

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Everton looks to Philippe Coutinho for a shocking summer move from Barcelona … but the return of ex-Liverpool star to Merseyside is still ‘unlikely’, despite claims the club is already house hunting for the Brazilian playmaker.

  • Everton are emerging as shock favorites to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer
  • The former Liverpool man will end his nightmare in Barcelona
  • Coutinho became the third most expensive player in the world when he moved
  • Toffees are said to have already started house hunting for the Brazilian

Everton would be so confident that he crossed out a summer resistance for Philippe Coutinho that a house hunting process has already begun.

The Brazilian is finally ready to take time out for his Barcelona nightmare this summer, and the Toffees have emerged as shock candidates for his signature.

However, a source close to Coutinho’s camp reported today Sportsmail that a move to Everton is currently ‘unlikely’ – although that could change in the run-up to the summer transfer window.

Reports claim Everton has already begun house hunting for Philippe Coutinho, although sources close to the player insist a move is currently unlikely but could change

The Brazilian midfielder (left) has played more than 200 games for Everton's fierce rival Liverpool

The Brazilian midfielder (left) has played more than 200 games for Everton’s fierce rival Liverpool

Coutinho will be marketed as Barça with tight cash is desperately trying to balance the books and reinvest money in the squad.

Should Coutinho return to Merseyside in Everton blue, it would be a move steeped in controversy given the iconic status he achieved during his time at Anfield.

According to the SunEverton’s staff has already begun investigating potential living arrangements for the star.

Barça paid a dazzling £ 145 million for Coutinho, although he managed to get him to leave for a pittance

Barça paid a dazzling £ 145 million for Coutinho, although he managed to get him to leave for a pittance

The Brazilian would not have retained ownership of Merseyside after leaving English football for La Liga in January 2018.

Coutinho, 28, has had a miserable time since moving to Spain from Anfield in a record £ 145 million fee.

He became the third most expensive player of all time, behind Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, after putting the deal on paper.

Barca would be willing to take a heavily discounted tariff for Coutinho this summer, with reports suggesting Everton could potentially bring in its services for as little as £ 35 million.

Coutinho is currently out of action after a terrible knee injury in December that seems to have ruled him out for the rest of this season.

The playmaker returned to his home country of Brazil at the end of March for a second surgery and released an update on his rehabilitation program via social media earlier this week.

The 28-year-old will likely miss the rest of the season after a serious knee injury in December

The 28-year-old will likely miss the rest of the season after a serious knee injury in December

“Every day is a new battle that is doing my very best!” Coutinho wrote on Instagram. The recovery is slow, it requires patience and dedication. Challenges always motivate me.

“I work hard and I am convinced that I will return to the best of my ability by doing what I love to do.

‘GOD is with me and I am sure those who love me and my work are too! Thanks for all the positive comments. ‘

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