According to Brazilian newspaper Lance!, Chelsea have touched base with Barcelona to gauge whether we could bring Philippe Coutinho to Stamford Bridge next season — on loan, with an option to buy — and have also talked to players’ representatives to see where his mind is regarding next season’s objective.
Why would we ever do such a thing? No reason given. Probably because Chelsea have been and forever will be linked with the former Liverpool midfielder.
Would it make any sense? Of course not. Hopefully Barca’s answer was a big fat no.
After completely failing to justify the €145m price tag paid to Liverpool in 2018, Coutinho was sent on loan to Bayern Munich last summer, with the hope that he’d find himself and the form that had made him such a valuable asset. His numbers with Bayern have not been bad (9 goals and 8 assists in 32 matches across all competitions), but his play overall has not been stellar either.
It certainly hasn’t convinced Barcelona, who have been actively trying to get rid him almost as soon as they panic-bought him. But likeliest outcome is still just a new loan, despite Barca’s intentions to sell — no one’s going to pay the €90m they’re supposedly demanding.
Coutinho’s former club Inter Milan have been linked in what might be a much more reasonable story than this Chelsea one. Staying in Germany also could be a possibility — though Bayern are not interested in activating their buy-option and would reportedly just be looking for another loan.
Coutinho had his best years in Liverpool. But only once he left did Liverpool become the best team in England and Europe. That’s something Chelsea should be keeping in mind just in case this rumor has any legs.