Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho’s agents will reportedly hold crunch talks with Barcelona’s board as they look to reach a decision regarding the playmaker’s future at the club.
According to claims from Sport, as cited in a report from Calciomercato, the Blues remain in the hunt to sign the Brazilian and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.
Coutinho has not been a success since joining Barcelona for a club-record fee in January 2018, and speculation surrounding his position at Camp Nou has been unrelenting ever since his underwhelming displays became rather the norm.
The Blues have reportedly identified the former Liverpool star as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, who has little more than a year remaining on his current contract at Chelsea.
From 30 appearances in La Liga this season, Coutinho has scored only five goals and has contributed with two assists.
Ernesto Valverde has still relied on the ex-Inter Milan youngster throughout the course of the campaign, but if reports are to be believed, it seems the manager is willing to sanction the player’s departure.
Why Coutinho would be a good Hazard replacement
Premier League experience
Coutinho knows what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, and one would expect that if he is to return, he will not take long to readjust to its demands.
Coutinho is immensely gifted from a technical standpoint, and his intricate passing would be of benefit in Maurizio Sarri’s system.
Chelsea are lacking creative edge at the moment, and landing a player in the ilk of Coutinho would provide them with more flair and innovation at crucial times in matches.
Ability from distance
Coutinho was renowned for his ability to score goals from a distance at Liverpool. This particular trait would be useful for Chelsea, who have struggled to break down deep blocks this season.