Gossip: Coutinho to Liverpool; Chelsea linked with eight

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is back in the gossip as Liverpool are linked, while Chelsea want Aurelien Tchouameni.


Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is ‘drawing strong interest’ from England, with Aston Villa, Everton and Liverpool interested, according to Goal. There is no mention of Newcastle in that story so we can assume that Coutinho would prefer not to be in a relegation battle. Come to think of it, there is no mention of Arsenal either.

This all sounds like wishful thinking from Coutinho, who is desperate to return to the Premier League rather than Brazil this January. Obviously, the Villa link has emerged because of his relationship with Steven Gerrard. What happened to Tottenham? This all feels a little scattergun now.


There is an extensive Chelsea transfer update on Goal (which you should probably go and read if you are a Blues fan) but we are here to bring you the quickfire headlines so here we go:

  • Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is a target but so is Declan Rice and Chelsea will not sign both.
  • Conor Gallagher will be integrated next season.
  • Lucas Digne is an option at LWB but Chelsea want to try and extricate Emerson from his Lyon loan in the first instance.
  • They also want a RWB and Kieran Trippier was an option before he agreed to join Newcastle.
  • There’s ‘growing positivity’ in contract talks for Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta.
  • Their two main summer targets are Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.’


Everton left-back Lucas Digne – unwanted by Everton after a fall-out with Rafa Benitez – has drawn interest from Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham (and an unnamed fourth Premier League club) according to Sky Sports. Napoli are also said to be interested but they are likely to propose an initial loan and Everton want £30m for the Frenchman. They have already spent much of that money on new recruits.

West Ham would certainly make sense, though with talk of a £10m move for Jesse Lingard, this is starting to sound like an expensive January for the Hammers.