Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho offered to Chelsea – Mirror

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho’s Barca struggles

Philippe Coutinho departed Liverpool for FC Barcelona in January of 2018.

The La Liga powerhouse are understood to have paid an initial £105m for the Brazilian, with that fee potentially rising to £142m with add-ons.

Despite that mammoth transfer sum, Coutinho’s stint in Spain was fairly lackluster.

The attack-minded midfielder would score eight and assist five in 18 La Liga appearances during his first half-season at the Camp Nou.

However, despite a promising start, Coutinho’s form dipped off a fair bit in his first full season with the Catalan giants.

In 34 league outings during 2018/19, the 27-year-old would score just five and assist two.

Philippe Coutinho

SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Coutinho to Chelsea?

The former Liverpool standout has since joined Bayern Munich on loan for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign.

Coutinho has had an okay spell in Germany so far, scoring nine and assisting eight in 32 appearances.

However, the Brazil international is now being linked with a return to England.

The Mirror reported this past weekend that Coutinho’s ‘desperation’ to return to England has sparked interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, with the report from the Mirror also claiming that all four clubs have enquired about Coutinho’s availability at the end of the campaign.

Now, in a fresh report from the Mirror, they are claiming that FC Barcelona have offered Chelsea the chance to sign Coutinho this summer.

The new piece from the Mirror also claims that Liverpool remain uninterested in re-signing their former star.

And given the fact that Chelsea have already secured the services of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, would they really want to sign Coutinho as well?

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