Phillipe Coutinho, Barcelona star, closing in on stunning return to Premier League

Phillipe Coutinho, Barcelona star, closing in on stunning return to Premier League

- Phillipe Coutinho is in pole position to join West London club Chelsea, according to reports

- The Brazilian was loaned to Bayern Munich from Barcelona in 2018, but the Germans are unwilling to buy him

- Chelsea might end up landing the Brazilian's services with the impending exit of wingers Pedro and Willian

- Coutinho previously played in the Premier League with Liverpool from 2013 to 2018

Barcelona forward Phillipe Coutinho could have his Catalan nightmare come to an end as the Brazilian is linked to a stunning return to the Premier League.

Premier League’s top four chasers Chelsea are believed to be in pole position to land the 27-year old, who spent last season on loan in Germany with Bayern Munich.

His big money move to Barcelona from Liverpool looked like the real deal back in 2018, but he found it difficult to adjust to the football life in Spain.

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Because of his hefty wages and the money it took to bring him to Spain (£145million), Barcelona find it difficult to immediately sell the Brazilian, with loan deals the only plausible options at the moment.

Reports from Spanish outlet Sport indicate that Premier League side Chelsea are willing to take up the services of Coutinho, who spent a large chunk of his career with Liverpool.

With Bayern also unwilling to make Coutinho’s loan deal permanent, the Brasilian might fancy a Premier League return , with Chelsea closely monitoring his situation.

In fact, Chelsea have been keen on Coutinho’s signature since the departure of Eden Hazard in 2019 left them devoid of creative players in advanced positions.

The London club might have pursued Coutinho much earlier but a transfer ban meant manager Frank Lampard had to make do with his current squad.

Further reports suggest that if Chelsea were to take him on loan, the deal would also entail a clause that would need the club to sign him at the end of the loan deal.

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If that situation pans out, the West Londoners would only have to pay KSh 7.2 billion (£55m) for his services.

Other Premier League clubs including Leicester City , Tottenham and Manchester United are also willing to sign Coutinho if Chelsea fail in their pursuit.

As far as Chelsea is concerned, they could use some revamping particularly with the impending exits of the likes of Pedro, Willian and Giroud.

Earlier, had reported how Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers ever in the world considering what he has achieved so far since he started playing for the Spanish champions.

But ex-Barcelona player Cristian Hidalgo has explained that no body at the Camp Nou thought years back that Lionel Messi would ever go on to become one of the greatest in history of soccer.

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