Chelsea make £28.1m offer for former Liverpool favourite

Date published: Wednesday 18th March 2020 7:51 - Matthew Stead

Philippe Coutinho Bayern Munich Liverpool

Chelsea have ‘spoken with’ Philippe Coutinho after making their interest in the Brazilian known to Barcelona.

Coutinho joined Barca in a £142m deal in January 2018 but his spell in Spain has suited neither party.

After winning two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey in 18 months but failing to settle, he left to join Bayern Munich on loan.

That move has been indifferent at best, with the German club already having stated that they would not activate the option to buy him permanently.

Spanish newspaper Sport say Barca would still prefer for Coutinho to leave have made sorting his situation one of their main summer ‘priorities’.

Another loan is likely as ‘no one is willing to pay the 90 million euros (£84.6m) asking tag’.

Chelsea ‘have already been in touch’ with an offer to loan the playmaker for a season at £28.1m, a figure which includes his salary and the amortisation of his transfer from Liverpool, which is something this foolish news monkey will not pretend to understand.

Inter Milan are another potential suitor, having expressed an interest on the same grounds of any deal being a loan instead of permanent. Tottenham are also mentioned but only in regards to the ill-fated move that p*ssed Mauricio Pochettino off last summer.

Coutinho could even stay at the Nou Camp and try to prove himself under new manager Quique Setien, who ‘would not be against’ giving him a chance upon his return from Germany.

But he is said to be thrilled at the prospect of learning from Billy Gilmour, so there is that.

There is still some football taking place, with the Belarussian Premier League kicking off this week. Stick on a bet with Bet365 and you can actually watch it and get your fix. We fancy BATE Barisov.

 

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