Super agent Kia Joorabchian has discussed the futures of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho and soon-to-be free agent Willian during an interview with TalkSPORT – who are both reportedly interesting Newcastle United this summer.
Coutinho, 27, remains on loan at Bayern Munich and the Brazil international is preparing to return to action this weekend for the German champions. Willian, meanwhile, is out of contract at Chelsea this summer.
Both Brazilian stars have been linked with Newcastle amid a potential takeover of the Tyneside club. ESPN claim Newcastle have made contact with Willian’s agent, Joorabchian, while Mundo Deportivo state Newcastle want Coutinho.
Joorabchian, who is gained some fame for his work as an agent after being involved in deals to take Carlos Tevez to West Ham – and then from Manchester United to Manchester City – spoke on the futures of both Willian and Coutinho.
“At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever,” Joorabchian said about Coutinho. ‘The transfers and where Philippe will go, or others will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to normal.
“Again, we’re not sure how the season will finish and we’re not sure how FIFA and the Premier League will make decisions in terms of free agents,” Joorabchian added, on Willian. “There will have to be a lot of conversations over possible extensions.”
TBR’s view – Coutinho and Willian would be ideal for Newcastle
Newcastle boast plenty of midfield options but they lack the player that can connect the midfield and attacker, with Miguel Almiron being used out wide – away from his favoured position of number 10.
Coutinho can be that man. His ability to drift about the pitch undetected and either shoot from long range or create a goal saw him become one of the best players on the planet at Liverpool. Willian, on a free, would be an excellent addition, too.
Experience, quality and Premier League know how would not only improve Newcastle going forward, but improve the team off the pitch, too. Both signings would take Newcastle into European contention.