Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho could be heading back to the Premier League after close to three years away from the competition if the media reports emanating from Spain are anything to go by. According to popular Catalan newspaper Sport, Barcelona will finally be able to get rid of the player with Coutinho closing in on a summer move to Premier League giants Chelsea.
Coutinho was doing very well at Liverpool before the Barcelona loanee arguably made the biggest error of his football career by forcing a big money move to Spain in January 2018 despite the best efforts of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who didn’t want him to leave the club. The Brazilian playmaker became the third most expensive player via that transfer as Barcelona paid £142m for his signing.
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His transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona became a big blessing of some sort for the Reds as the money gotten from the deal was ploughed back into the playing squad at Anfield thereby making it a better one without Coutinho. With the money, Liverpool were able to bolster their defence with the £75m signing of Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018 and £66m transfer of goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer of 2018.
While Philippe Coutinho has been struggling at Barcelona, Liverpool have won the Champions League title and it would only be a matter of time before a much coveted Premier League title is added with the Reds needing two wins from the remaining nine games in the present league season when football gets back from the hiatus forced by Coronavirus.
After a largely frustrating 18 months at Barcelona, Coutinho joined German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on loan last summer and has shown flashes of brilliance at the club but that is not enough for the Bavarian giants to sign him permanently. Barcelona want to sell him finally this summer to raise money for their potential signings and Chelsea appear to be the club at the forefront of the queue for him in a reporter £70m deal.
Transfer Ratings for Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea: 6/10.