Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that during this summer’s transfer window, his club will not be able to afford Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international, which spent the 2019-20 loan campaign at Bayern Munich, is expected to leave Camp Nou in search of new pastures this summer.

Leicester is one of a number of clubs that have an interest in the former playmaker from Liverpool.

However, Foxes boss Rodgers acknowledged, that the 27-year-old, who had a deal with Camp Nou until June 2023, is ‘out of the price range of the club.’

“I’ve seen plenty of speculation about young Phil, I don’t think … Philippe’s a fantastic player, a wonderful talent, but he’d be someone out of our price range,” Rodgers told the Eamonn and the Gaffers podcast.

In Bayern, Coutinho performs on loan. Financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak forced the club to part with a number of high paying performers. Recall, English Premier League season is being postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic. “Lester” was in third place in the competition standings at the time of the break.

Over the current season, Coutinho has been in fairly good form for Bayern, contributing nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances at all competitions.

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