Chelsea offered chance to sign Philippe Coutinho by Barcelona

Chelsea are one of the clubs that have been offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

He is currently on loan at Bayern Munich until the end of the season, but the Bundesliga club are unlikely to take up their option to sign him permanently.

Coutinho moved to Barcelona from Liverpool for £145m three years ago

 

He came on as a second-half substitute when Bayern won 3-0 win at Chelsea two months ago and while he was in London he told his agent he would be interested in returning to the Premier League.

Chelsea will strengthen their squad in the next transfer window, and have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax but have Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud out of contract this summer.

Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, this month told Sky Sports News his client would “love” to come back to the Premier League, but questioned what the financial conditions of all clubs would be following the coronavirus pandemic.

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says he would love to play in the Premier League again and ‘everything is a possibility’

Barcelona have begun offering players to Inter Milan in the hope of striking a part-exchange deal for Lautaro Martinez.

The Argentine striker is one of Barca’s top targets this summer but the financial impact of the coronavirus means they are unlikely to meet his £97m (€110m) buy-out clause.

Lautaro is keen to join Barcelona and personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

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Sky Sports’ Richard Morgan:

Bayern wasted little time bringing the Brazil international to the Allianz last August, with the Bundesliga champions happy to cover his £11m-a-year wage, as well as an initial £8m loan fee, before deciding whether to make his move permanent at the end of this season.

The 27-year-old arrived in Munich having spearheaded his country’s triumph in last summer’s Copa America on home soil, only for a change of manager and a failure to again identify his best role to stymie his progress.

Coutinho was benched under Hansi Flick, who replaced Nico Kovac last November, with the new boss instead preferring Ivan Perisic and Leon Goretzka as he set the up team differently to his predecessor.

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