Chelsea are strong competitors for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona turned sour over the past two seasons.
Coutinho has failed to impress either at Camp Nou or on loan to Bayern Munich.
He still is a top attacking midfielder whose talents can be utilized by the right manager. Frank Lampard could be that man, playing the 27-year-old in between the channels right behind Tammy Abraham. That is why reports claim that Chelsea have begun negotiations with Barcelona.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are interested in offering Coutinho an escape route but it seems like the Blues are the most determined. Bayern Munich have already made it abundantly clear that they will not be activating the midfielder’s £105m buy-back clause this summer. In order to raise funds for Lautaro Martinez, Barca are ready to part ways with Coutinho for £70m, which is half of what they paid for him.
Paying that for a top playmaker, in his prime and without a tragic injury history seems like a steal in this market. Coutinho could be the attacking talisman to tie the entire piece together at Stamford Bridge. He is also tested and proven in the Premier League which will make this move a relative risk free investment.
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