Chelsea ‘has secret talks with Philippe Coutinho’ on transfer from Barcelona


Chelsea have previously had secret talks with Philippe Coutinho about a summer transfer from Barcelona, ​​according to reports from Spain.

Coutinho has been associated with a return to the Premier League this summer after failing to fulfill his potential since leaving Liverpool in 2018.

The Brazilian midfielder had hoped to get a permanent transfer to the loan club of Bayern Munich, but the giants of the Bundesliga decided not to exercise their call option.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked to movements for Coutinho, but Chelsea have already spoken with the 27-year-old representatives, according to the Spanish Sport publication.

While Barcelona is expected to sell for around £ 80 million, Chelsea hopes their good working relationship with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian will help them reach a deal.

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Barcelona’s asking price is a significant drop from the Liverpool deal, which initially cost £ 106 million and an additional £ 36 million, some of which have already been met.

Camp Nou boss Quique Setien was open to Coutinho returning to the club and joining the first team.

But in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, Barça must make a major sale to increase its puppy transfer and plan to use the money from Coutinho’s exit to finance movements for other targets.

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This excludes any probability of a loan agreement for Coutinho, unless it includes a purchase obligation.

Coutinho has always had a decent season in Germany, providing nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances in all competitions, with only 22 of them coming as starts.


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