Newcastle United must pay £45m to sign Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho

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Newcastle United will have to pay £44.5million if they're to strike a sensational deal for Philippe Coutinho.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Barcelona have 'significantly lowered' their asking price as they look to offload the player this summer.

It's also suggested that the Spanish giants would consider a player-plus-cash swap deal in order to get a deal done. 

According to France Football, the Toon Army were in pole position to sign the Brazilian, however it's since been suggested that Chelsea could be keen on a move.

Frank Lampard's side have been linked with a £75million move for Kai Havertz, but given the hefty price tag they may well be tempted by a more cost-effective solution to their midfield woes.

While that £44.5million price tag could be appealing to the Blues, the prospect of a cash-plus-player deal could be even more ideal as they look to balance the books of the squad.

However for Newcastle it seems that the asking price is now set and it's up to them whether they can meet Barcelona's price tag.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

What a move this would be for Newcastle United.

Speculation continues over the potential takeover of the club, but with it being suggested that a deal is close attention will turn to the transfer market.

The new owners would love a marquee signing to get supporters excited and Philippe Coutinho would certainly do that.

The Brazilian has had a tough time since leaving Liverpool which means that a move to an 'elite club' could be difficult to strike.

However if he was to move to Newcastle United he would no doubt be the main man in the first team set-up - a role which would suit itself perfectly to getting the best from him.

The 27-year-old is in his prime and so if the Magpies could strike a deal then it would be a massive coup.

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