Barcelona have announced that they are willing to pay a percentage of Philippe Coutinho’s wage in order to get him off their books.
The La Liga giants are clearly suffering the same financial setbacks as everyone else in the current climate and are doing all that they can to cash in on Coutinho. The club recently revealed that they are slashing the Brazilian’s asking price by a fair amount, taking his transfer fee down to just £45.5m, according to Sport.
They are now hoping that, by chipping in to pay his salary, it will further entice clubs to commit to taking him off their hands for good (via The Telegraph).
Should Chelsea sign Philippe Coutinho this summer?
Coutinho’s dream move to Barcelona in 2018 turned out to be more of a nightmare. Since his arrival, the 28-year-old has struggled to settle in and, as a result, he has been loaned out to Bayern Munich this season.
However, it is unlikely the Brazilian will find a permanent spot in the German side and he is now back on the market. Coutinho has been the topic of a lot of speculation ahead of the upcoming transfer window, with plenty of Premier League clubs showing an interest in snapping him up.
His numbers this season are impressive, tallying eight goals and six assists in the Bundesliga. He also boasts a total of 95 career goals and 71 assists so far (via Transfermarkt).
Chelsea are keen admirers of the versatile midfielder, but will face competition from the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle if they want to enter a bidding war (via Sport).
According to AS Sport (via Sport Witness), Real Madrid are looking to acquire N’Golo Kante, who is valued at €80m (£71.1m). If the deal goes through, Chelsea will have extra funds in order to keep these exciting transfer talks alive.
After agreeing terms with Timo Werner, the Blues look like they mean serious business ahead of next season. Topping off their shopping list with Coutinho could be the boost they need to challenge in both the Premier League and Europe next season.
With a reduced asking price and only a fraction of his wages coming out of Chelsea’s pocket, it seems a no-brainer to make sure the Brazilian magician moves to London.
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