Chelsea have been made favorites to land Barcelona’s outcasted midfielder Philippe Coutinho!
The Barcelona star joined the Catalan club from Liverpool for a record fee of £142 million. However, he never quite got used to the pace of life at Barcelona.
His situation worsened for him as he was constantly played out of position by Ernesto Valverde. The central attacking midfielder who flourishes best when playing as a number 10, was shunned to the left wing match after match.
After the departure of Andres Iniesta, he was given the huge responsibility of filling in those shoes and with Coutinho already in bad form, the player’s career at Nou Camp collapsed.
He was subsequently loaned out to Bayern Munich where he got back to form and was in red hot touch until Hansi Flick took over.
Bayern had him on loan and despite Coutinho’s good form found it too much to pay £120 million plus for an attacking midfielder given their shortage of players in the wings. Hence Coutinho was once again shunned out to the bench.
This has now worked well for other clubs including Chelsea who have seen Coutinho’s price slash down to £77 million.
Chelsea are in need of quality up front and in Coutinho, they will have a proven player in the Premier League!