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Teammate says Newcastle-linked £87m star is a 'phenomenon', doesn't want him to leave

Reported Newcastle United target Philippe Coutinho has been described as a “phenomenon” and “spectacular” by Bayern Munich teammate Thiago Alcantara, who wants him to remain at the club next season.

With Newcastle on the verge of a potentially lucrative takeover, numerous high-profile players and coaches have been linked with the Magpies, with fans hoping they will have a huge transfer budget going forward.

One such player said to be on Newcastle’s radar is Coutinho, with Brazilian outlet Metropoles claiming the Barcelona-owner player is the Magpies’ “dream signing”, as their prospective new owners look for marquee acquisitions.

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Coutinho is on a season-long loan at Bayern, having struggled to impress at the Camp Nou since joining from Liverpool for £130million in January 2018, and according to Mundo Deportivo (print edition, front page, 30/4/20), the Catalans want 100million Euro (£87million) for the Brazilian.

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Thiago hopes that his compatriot continues at Bayern, telling La Vanguardia: “I know him (Coutinho) well. He’s very good. I’ve seen him play since he was 12 years old. I played futsal against him in Brazil and I was spelbound by him.

“I don’t think he has any weaknesses. I love playing with high-level footballers and he is a phenomenon. He is a spectacular guy, very hard-working, with an unbeatable technique and incredible definition. The players go through good and not so good moments and he is giving us a lot. We hope to have him next year too.”

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Coutinho is a player of the highest calibre who simply doesn’t appear to be the right fit for Barcelona, but he has proven quality at the highest level, including in the Premier League.

Given his potential availability, his undoubtable quality and the fact Newcastle could soon have a budget the envy of the football world, he would be a superb – and fairly realistic – acquisition.

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