The football situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic could open the door to the option of Philippe Coutinho returning to Barcelona next season. The Brazilian, let’s not forget that he is the most expensive signing in the history of the club, He is playing on loan at Bayern Munich, a team that has already announced that he does not intend to exercise the right of purchase that was reserved by the footballer.At the Barça board they see the Brazilian as a key element in the market as a currency to hire players. The footballer himself has been responsible for filtering through his environment that his priority is to return to the Premier before Barça, but the Blaugrana coach has other plans.In an interview with RAC1 Setién said that the Brazilian is a player that he likes and that he has him for the next campaign.“I think Coutinho is a great player, I really like him. He is a player who is originally from Barcelona. You have to pay the clause or pay a sum to Barça. And also that he wants to return. I reckon I can be here at the beginning of next season. I have to speak to him to ask him. If necessary, I will speak to him, ”said the Cantabrian coach. Coutinho went to Bayern on loan in exchange for 8.5 million euros. The German team reserved a purchase option of 120 million, which has already announced that it will not be effective, which triggered that both the player’s agents and Barça began to look for a place for him in other leagues, especially England, where he maintains an excellent lineup after his time at Liverpool.Arsenal and Chelsea seem to be the teams that were most interested. Regarding the blue interest, it was speculated that Barcelona could include him in an operation to exchange him for midfielder Kanté.At Bayern, Coutinho has failed to regain the level he had in the Premier. He has played 32 games, but of the last ten Bundesliga games, he has only played two complete. In the Champions League, he only played 90 minutes three times. Still, he has scored nine goals and has given eight assists.When everything seemed on track for Coutinho to seek life in the UK, now Setién, who has never hidden that the Brazilian likes him and who is a type of player who adapts to his game scheme, will try to convince him to return to dress in Blaugrana the next campaign.
The Drake University men’s tennis team is projected to repeat as the 2019 Summit League Champions based on the league’s annual preseason poll. The Bulldogs were the unanimous favorite to win the league in their second year as a member of the conference.Drake led the poll with 36 total points and all six of the possible first-place votes. Denver was tabbed second with 31 points followed by Valparaiso in third place.In addition to the Bulldogs’ preseason honor, senior Vinny Gillespie was selected as one of the league’s nine Preseason Athletes to Watch. Gillespie is a returning all-conference talent who won 14 singles matches last season.The Bulldogs return their entire roster from their 2018 Summit League Championship team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history.Drake is set to begin its 2019 spring season Jan. 19 when it hosts Northern Illinois at the Roger Knapp Center.2018-19 Summit League Preseason Men’s Tennis PollTeam – Score (1st place votes)1. Drake – 36 (6)2. Denver – 31 (1)3. Valparaiso – 214. Omaha – 205. Illinois State – 19T-6. Oral Roberts – 7T-6. North Dakota – 7Summit League Preseason Athletes to WatchVinny Gillespie | Drake | SeniorJames Davis | Denver | SophomoreMattia Ros | Denver | SophomoreChad Kissell | Valparasio | SeniorAbdoul Ouattara | Omaha | JuniorDavis Lawley | Omaha | FreshmanDiego Le Gal Perez | Illinois State | SophomoreNikola Boskov | Oral Roberts | FreshmanLukas Buth | North Dakota | Junior Print Friendly Version