Philippe Coutinho: Chelsea offered the chance to sign the Brazilian by Barcelona | Football News


Philippe Coutinho is currently on loan to Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho is currently on loan to Bayern Munich

Chelsea are among the clubs that have been offered the chance to recruit Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

He is currently on loan to Bayern Munich until the end of the season, but the Bundesliga club is unlikely to take the option of signing it for good.

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

Liverpool (2013-18)

Premier League games 152
Goals 41
Attend 35
Implication per minute per objective 150.36
Chances Created 301

He became a replacement in the second half when Bayern won 3-0 at Chelsea two months ago and while in London he told his agent that he would be interested in returning to Premier League.

Chelsea will reinforce their team in the next transfer window, and have already signed Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, but Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud are out of contract this summer.

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian said this month Sky Sports News his client “would like” to return to the Premier League, but wondered what the financial conditions of all clubs would be after the coronavirus pandemic.

Coutinho agent Kia Joorabchian says he would like to play in the Premier League again and “anything is possible”

Coutinho agent Kia Joorabchian says he would like to play in the Premier League again and “anything is possible”

Barcelona have started offering players to Inter Milan in hopes of concluding a parts swap deal for Lautaro Martinez.

Argentine striker is one of Barca’s main targets this summer, but the financial impact of the coronavirus means that it is unlikely to comply with its £ 97 million (110 million euros) buyout clause ).

Lautaro wants to join Barcelona and personal conditions should not be a problem.

Analysis: Could Coutinho “inhibited” once again prosper in PL?

Richard Morgan of Sky Sports:

Bayern lost little time to bring Brazilian international to Allianz last August, Bundesliga champions happy to cover £ 11m salary a year, plus upfront loan costs of £ 8m of pounds, before deciding to make his move permanent at the end of this season.

The 27-year-old arrived in Munich after leading his country’s triumph during last summer’s Copa America on his territory, only for a change of manager and for not having again identified his best role in braking his progress.

Coutinho was placed under the control of Hansi Flick, who replaced Nico Kovac last November, the new boss preferring instead Ivan Perisic and Leon Goretzka when he defined the team differently from his predecessor.

Bayern (2019-20)

Bundesliga matches 22
Goals 8
Attend 7
Implication per minute per objective 98.86
Chances Created 30

The playmaker was deployed both to the left and right of a three-man front line, as well as an attacking midfielder in what Flick believes to be his “best position”, though also clashed for the No 10 role with loyal Bayern – and a player revitalized this season – Thomas Muller.

“Philippe is a talented footballer,” said Flick earlier this year. “I think we haven’t integrated it enough yet [to see his best], although. It has not been easy for him to come to a new country, but he is improving all the time. Hopefully he will progress further and show what course he has. I hope the dam breaks and shows the quality it has. “

Statistics seem to suggest that Coutinho is most effective when used on the left side of Bayern’s top three, allowing him to cut from that flank on his most favored right foot, as he was very successful towards the end of 2019.

In his last eight games before the winter break, Coutinho has scored five goals and three assists in his best round of the season, including the type of virtuoso displayed in a 6-1 win over Werder Bremen which worth his money transfer to Barça. in the first place.

Philippe Coutinho in action for Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho in action for Bayern Munich

But the hat-trick and two assists last December do not seem to have convinced the Bavarians to spend the £ 109m needed to keep the Allianz player beyond this season, as Karl-Heinz hinted Rummenigge. Bild in February.

” Why is it [the transfer] not decisive? This is a difficult question, “said the head of Bayern. “I think he played well in some games, while in others he seemed to be a bit inhibited. “

Rummenigge’s assessment is supported by Brazilian journalist Natalie Gedra, who said “Coutinho’s main problem is his mentality. He had a good time at Bayern, but didn’t show consistency. And again, like at Barça, the pressure of having to work at another club was too much for him.

“During his best time with Brazil, in the 2018 qualifiers for Russia, he played more to the left of the top three, but having the freedom to go back and act as No. 10,” says Gedra . “It was kind of a mix, and he did really well. But this period also shows how he can shine when the team is doing very well, but how he is not the kind of player who shines and sorts things out for himself when they do not go well. ”

Finding the right role and the environment, both seem essential to get the most out of Coutinho.

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