Everton are the latest club linked with a move for former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho has failed to live up to his £142.5million price tag since he left Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool in January 2018 for Barcelona.

Everton now have the chance to sign the 28-year-old but only if Barca pay a considerable part of his wages.

McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast: “It’s our understanding that the agent of Philippe Coutinho, Kia Joorabchian, who has very close links with Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri, has offered the player to the Goodison Park club on a year’s loan from his current parent club Barcelona.

“Obviously he’s spent this last season at Bayern Munich, with Barcelona willing to pay at this moment in time – it’s not been negotiated yet – 30 per cent of Coutinho’s salary, making it affordable for the Toffees but also giving the opportunity to sign what clearly has been a very, very excellent Premier League player despite his rather disappointing spell in the Camp Nou and not exactly tearing up the turf at the Allianz Arena with Bayern Munich either.

“This is an interesting one because Everton have a surplus of players in their squad who are currently earning a lot of money.

“So I think Barcelona paying a proportion of Coutinho’s salary would be crucial to any possibility of this deal going through, even as a loan.”

Everton return to Premier League action when they face Liverpool in the derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Liverpool cannot win the title at the home of their rivals but Carlo Ancelotti has been full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers.

“Jurgen’s team have had an impressive Premier League season and he has done remarkable work since coming to England,” Ancelotti told the Everton website.

“I know Jurgen well and he will be thinking already how to improve his side, to make them an even tougher opponent.

“We are expecting Liverpool to play with their usual speed and intensity and competitiveness.

“This is a unique derby match because the fans cannot be in the stadium with us.

“It has really been a pleasure to discover how Evertonians support their team.

“Goodison is packed for every game and wherever we play in the country – whatever the day or time – Evertonians fill their section of the ground and lift our players.”

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