Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly set to replace Quique Setien as Barcelona head coach after the Spaniard was sacked on Monday.
Setien was relieved of his duties after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final last week.
Koeman enjoyed a successful spell as a player at the Nou Camp, winning four La Liga titles and a European Cup between 1989 and 1995.
With his appointment at the Catalan club imminent, one of Koeman’s first tasks will be to decide which players he wants to keep in his squad ahead of the new season.
One of the players whose future at the Nou Camp remains uncertain is Philippe Coutinho, after the Brazilian was loaned out to Bayern Munich in January.
Coutinho scored twice against his parent club during the Champions League clash last week, but his display from the bench could be enough to convince the new Barca boss that he can be part of the first team plans in the new campaign.
The former Liverpool playmaker has failed to live up to expectations since a £142million move from Anfield, and has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Spain this summer.
Arsenal are one of the clubs who have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Coutinho on loan, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta looking to add creativity to his squad, but the arrival of Koeman could change the situation.
Whilst in charge of Everton in 2017, Koeman was asked on his opinion of Coutinho, with the player linked with a move to Barcelona at the time.
“He’s a great player and I think he could be very useful to Barca,” Koeman told El Mundo Deportivo.
“After all, it will depend on the circumstances of the transfer and his arrival.
“But he’s a great player with a lot of qualities, without any doubt.”