Chelsea’s interest in Philippe Coutinho is supposedly long-standing, with recent reports again linking the former Liverpool midfielder to the Blues, but it appears that there is a new, unexpected competitor on the block.
If Diario SPORT’s report is to be believed, Leicester City have joined the fray and are apparently interested in bringing the current Bayern Munich loanee to the King Power stadium.
The interest suddenly makes much more sense when we connect that dots and remember that Coutinho rose to prominence under current Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers when both of them were at Liverpool. Normally, Leicester City would not have the funds to pull-off such a gargantuan deal, but their optimism about competing in the Champions League next season as well as James Maddison’s potential big-money move to Manchester United could create just about the right conditions for the 27-year-old’s arrival.
While Leicester City have a strong chance of signing Coutinho in the next transfer window, the fairy-tale-themed prospect of him joining his ex-club Liverpool is not so likely. Despite Coutinho’s wishes to make an emotional return to Anfield, Liverpool are apparently not interested if the Daily Mirror were to be believed. The hierarchy at Anfield believe that the investment in Coutinho is unrequited and would not have a “high rate of return” because of his age and sell-on value and that they would be better off spending that money elsewhere.
As for Chelsea, despite our misgivings, there’s a decent possibility that the club will go for Coutinho due to multiple factors: from the possibility of losing to Manchester United in the race for Jadon Sancho to the prospect of Willian leaving increasing with each passing day (and interview). A loan-deal is the most likely scenario that the interested parties will propose to Barcelona. While ideally Chelsea would bring in a younger attacker, the lack of availability of quality left wingers may mean that we will try to sign Coutinho for a low-risk, temporary stint (but definitely not while paying a €30m loan fee).