Chelsea open talks with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho deal

Chelsea have held talks with Barcelona over a deal for former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian is coming to the end of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga giants have made clear that they will not activate a clause to buy the Brazilian permanently.

Tottenham showed interest in the Brazilian last summer as Barcelona looked to cash in on the midfielder in order to fund a move for Antoine Griezmann.

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Barcelona signed Coutinho for an initial fee of £110m in 2018 and Liverpool were due a further £32m in add-ons.


However, he managed just one full season at the Camp Nou before joining Bayern and Barcelona are willing to accept a far lower fee to get him off the books this summer.

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According to Sport, Chelsea have already contacted Coutinho’s representatives and have held talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for the Brazilian.

The deal would be similar to the one that Bayern have in place, meaning Chelsea would cover Coutinho’s wages and they would commit to a season-by-season fee.

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It’s believed that Barcelona charged Bayern a fee of around £15m per season to loan Coutinho and Chelsea would be willing to meet that.