Three days ago, we relayed news from Spain that Everton have joined Newcastle United in the chase for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.

On December 21st, Sport explained the Brazil international doesn’t favour a move to St James’ Park, which was further backed up Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.

The La Liga side are edging closer towards agreeing a deal with Manchester City for the transfer of Ferran Torres. His impending arrival will force the Blaugrana to cut ties with some of their players, in order to lower their wage bill.

Coutinho is the highest paid player at the Camp Nou and his exit, even on loan, will help the Catalan club save his salary, or at least part of it.

The attacking midfielder has struggled with injuries and in order to ‘regain feelings’, he needs a ‘competitive rhythm’. This is according to Mundo Deportivo.

Coutinho is not included in Xavi Hernández’s plans, which is why the Brazil international is among the ‘five most obvious cases’ to leave the Camp Nou in January. It’s claimed the 29-year-old still has a market in England following his ‘brilliant stint’ at Liverpool.

When discussing the South American’s potential suitors, the Reds’ local rivals, Everton, get a mention. It’s claimed the Toffees have ‘made an approach to his environment in recent days’.