Chelsea turn to £109m Liverpool target as report doubts Coutinho bid

Joe Williams
Philippe Coutinho Bayern Munich Chelsea

Chelsea could look to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz with Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho unlikely to improve, according to reports.

Spanish publication Sport claimed last Wednesday that Coutinho is ‘keen’ to come back to England and Chelsea ‘are working on building a team’ to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.

The report added that Chelsea ‘have begun talks over a deal’ with Barcelona but they ‘have no intention’ of spending lavish amounts.

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Havertz, meanwhile, has six goals and two assists to his name this term in all competitions, after his previous breakout season which saw his net 17 Bundesliga goals and the 20-year-old has been linked with a €125m (£109m) move to Liverpool.

The Athletic claim that a Chelsea move for Coutinho would be unlikely with a demand of between £50m and £70m making Coutinho ‘one of Chelsea’s most expensive signings ever’.

A loan switch would be more realistic but ‘a compromise on wages would have to be agreed because he currently makes more than the west London club’s top earner, N’Golo Kante.’

A player in Coutinho’s position is ‘hardly a priority’ for Chelsea with Frank Lampard able to call on the likes of Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in his role.

And The Athletic adds: ‘Chelsea are also keen on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, who is seven years younger than Coutinho and regarded as one of the finest prospects in European football. He has been scouted regularly and is seen to be on the rise. That can no longer be said of Coutinho.’


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