Chelsea are interested in Philippe Coutinho, there is no denying that at this point in time.
Reports suggest that Barcelona have already been contacted by the Blues enquiring about Coutinho’s availability. Frank Lampard wants to bring the Brazilian to West London but only on a loan deal.
Coutinho’s £142m move to Camp Nou has flopped in the past 20 months. He left Liverpool in search of Champions League and more individual glory. Instead, he ended up getting dropped from both the Barca and Bayern Munich squad. The midfielder still showed his worth through his 9 goals and 8 assists in 32 appearances for Bayern this season, clearly indicating that the talent is not lost.
During his Anfield stay, Coutinho was one of the best players in the Premier League. He used to dictate Liverpool’s attacks with his composed dribbling, passing and ridiculous long-range shooting accuracy. That is why he commanded such a high fee but Barcelona might be ready to part ways with him for as low as £57m (€65m).
Lampard is aware of his talents and is eager to get him but just not on a permanent deal. He wants to see how Coutinho reacts on his return to the Premier League, having lost his confidence abroad. Barcelona are likely to agree to a loan-deal but with a buy-back clause inserted. That would be ideal for both parties.