Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea – Done Deal?

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho who has brought his stuttering career back to life this season in the Bundesliga is most likely on his way back to England.

According to numerous sources, he is a target for Chelsea who are closing in on an agreement to bring him to the Bridge in the summer transfer window.

Life was not kind for the midfield maestro since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool back in 2018, being unable to display the same form or to conjure curving long-range strikes that made him popular during his time at the Merseyside.

This season however the 2-time La Liga champ has regained his mojo, racking up 8 goals and 6 assists helping Bayern Munich to the top of the Bundesliga table.

Bayern will not be taking their option of making the deal a permanent one for a fee of €120million as it is way over their valuation of the player, paving the way for him to return back to Barca where he was deemed surplus to requirments

With Bayern not willing to take him permanently, a host of premier league teams including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are all mooted as potential suitors, but Catalan news outlet – Sport, claims that Chelsea have the most realistic chance of landing the mercurial midfielder.

The report claims that Barça is willing to take a €70m loss on the player after spending a whooping €160m for him 2 seasons ago, paving the way for him back to England for just €90m.

With Barcelona looking to raise funds for Lautaro Martinez, and head coach Frank Lampard viewing Coutinho as the calibre of player who can take the club back to the top of English football alongside Liverpool and Manchester City, Chelsea are confident that they can land Coutinho.

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