Chelsea have been revealed to be in talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian has failed to shine since joining the Catalan club from Liverpool in 2018 and may be looking to revive his career elsewhere.
Coutinho has been on loan at German side Bayern Munich this season and, despite impressing, may not have his time made permanent. Bayern would have to stump up £102 million according to his contract, more than they are willing to pay. The playmaker has scored 8 goals and provided 6 assists in the Bundesliga this season, and sees his side 4 points clear at the top of the table. Bayern, however, do not want to splash out the money to take Coutinho back.
Can Chelsea Tempt Coutinho?
One team that does have the desire, and the money, is Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. The London side have impressed this season, with the youthful swagger of a young manager and young players. Since their transfer ban, the side have made some purchases, including Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, but the sale of star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has meant the club have money to spend.
We wrote that Chelsea are looking to sign West Ham’s Declan Rice, but with winger Willian looking to be on his way out, Coutinho could be the perfect fit.
The Brazilian previously spent time at Liverpool. In 6 seasons, he played 152 games, scoring 41 goals and providing 35 assists. This led to a huge £145 million transfer to Barcelona, but as with many big signings, he never reached his potential.
Now 27, he must choose his next move wisely. Barcelona look to recoup as much as they can, but will concede a loss as they are apparently willing to sell for £53 million according to Sport.
Rival clubs Manchester United and Tottenham look close behind in the race for the Brazilian, who has shown what he can do in the Premier League. Goalkeepers in quarantine up and down the country will soon be in their gardens practicing saving shots from the left wing!
Where should Coutinho go next?
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