Philippe Coutinho with foot and a half at Chelsea
Despite the speculation that came to account for a possible return of the talented Brazilian midfielder to Liverpool, it looks like it will be another Premier League club to guarantee their services from next season…
CHELSEA READY TO OPEN BAGS TO POCKET
It was a painful season for Chelsea when it comes to transfers as the club was barred from signing players in the summer and winter windows of the 2019/20 season, but it looks like the club headed by Roman Abramovich will now open the draw straps. scholarship in order to reinforce itself seriously.
Young coach Frank Lampard has done an excellent job with a relatively young team and seemed set to secure a place in the next Champions League. summer.
Philippe Coutinho is one of those names and seems to be well on his way to strengthening the Blues after completing his loan period with Bayern Munich. After leaving several million euros to spend this season, Chelsea are expected to be one of the exciting clubs in the next transfer window and Coutinho may even be one of his priorities in the market to come.
COUTINHO FAILED IN SPAIN AND GERMANY
The Brazilian creative shone for five seasons with Liverpool, but his arrival in Barcelona in January 2018 seems to have been a leap for which the player was not prepared. Playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luís Suárez may have weighed on the Brazilian player who never really managed to assert himself in the club’s starting eleven.
After a year and a half of some difficulties, Barcelona opted to loan the player to Bayern Munich in an attempt to value him if things went well, but this does not seem to have been the case as Coutinho did not assume a prominent position in Bavaria. After 32 matches for the German club, Coutinho has added nine goals and eight assists in the devastating Bavarian attack and these numbers should be insufficient to convince the German club to activate the player’s purchase clause.
Now, with Barcelona clearly tempted to sell the player in the summer instead of giving him a new opportunity in the main team, it seems that Chelsea will be his next destination, although the transfer model is not yet well defined.
PURCHASE OR LOAN WITH OPTION?
According to the international press, Barcelona will be demanding something like 89 million euros for a player who has cost him 145 million over three seasons. But it seems that Chelsea will not be exactly willing to reach those values, so the scenario of a new loan with a payment of around 10 million euros may be on the table again.
On the other hand, and even if not wanting to pay such a large amount, Chelsea should have a good reserve fund for the next transfer window and I would risk a definitive transfer that would be around 65 million euros. I believe that this is a fair value in the current context of international football due to the services of an extremely talented player who, even so, was unable to assert himself far from the English League having lost some market value as a result.
WILLIAN WILL REVERSE PATH?
In the opposite direction may be compatriot Willian who has been at Chelsea since 2013 but will end his contract at the end of this season. At 31 years of age and without a deal with the Blues, the press is beginning to deal with possible negotiations with Liverpool. The team coached by Jurgen Klopp will lose two ‘luxury reserves’ like Shaqiri and Lallana this summer and could see Willian as an excellent option to join Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, thus seeking to better manage the forces of his stars.
So, if Coutinho played for Liverpool and can now reach Chelsea three years later after disappointing spells in Spain and Germany, Willian can make a direct exchange from Stamford Bridge to sign for the announced English champion Liverpool.
Willian has had a happy spell at Chelsea, scoring 59 goals and watching 59 in more than 300 games for the club and will be able to fit in with Jurgen Klopp’s fast-paced Liverpool style of play. The Brazilian international will certainly be a substitute for luxury at the Reds.