Spanish publication Sport report that Chelsea have opened talks with Barcelona about over a possible deal for Philippe Coutinho, who is also said to be interesting Tottenham.
Coutinho, who is currently on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich, is reportedly in the shop window this summer (Express) after the Bundesliga side decided not to take up the option to sign him on a permanent basis.
Coutinho was linked heavily with a move to Spurs last summer before he made the move to Bayern (Mirror).
However, it looks like Chelsea have stolen a march on their London rivals with Sport reporting that the Blues have already held talks with Coutinho’s representatives about a move to Stamford Bridge.
The report asserts that Frank Lampard’s side will have to pay around £28million (€30m) to sign the former Reds star on a season-long loan.
Spurs Web Opinion
I really wanted us to sign Coutinho last summer but he has hardly pulled up trees in the Bundesliga this season. While he could still be a valuable addition to the squad, we are fairly well stocked in attacking midfield areas at the moment. So, I don’t think this is a transfer we are likely to prioritise this summer.
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