express: Chelsea are considering signing Philippe Coutinho on loan at the end of the season but they will reportedly have to shell out £28million to take the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge on a 12-month temporary deal.
The Blues are allowed to purchase players again after their two-window transfer ban ended in January.
Frank Lampard has already completed the signing of attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
But Spanish publication Sport claim Chelsea are also interested in signing former Liverpool star Coutinho.
The 27-year-old has struggled to make the desired impact at the Nou Camp and was he shipped off the Bayern Munich at the beginning of the season.
Once this campaign has been completed following the enforced coronavirus break, Lampard will look to continue strengthening his squad.
However, it is claimed a deal for Coutinho, inclusive of loan fee and wages, would cost around £28m (€30m).
That is how much Bayern have paid for the current 12-month loan deal and Chelsea are not willing to go above that amount.
Coutinho’s release clause stands at £103m (€110m) but Barcelona would be willing to let the playmaker leave for £85m (€90m).
Still, that figure is off-putting for the Blues and they only want to do a temporary deal.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has recently called for the Reds to take Coutinho back to Anfield.
He told Horseracing.net: “It could be that they opt to bring a certain Philippe Coutinho back to the club. I wouldn’t mind seeing Coutinho back. He’s a brilliant player but a lot of it is just down to economics.
“If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and potentially sell a couple of players who aren’t playing regularly, then that could work.
“There are rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri may leave at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often.
“If there’s space available then I’d certainly like Coutinho back, as he was a wonderful player for Liverpool. He’s that type of player that when plan A isn’t working he can change the game.
“He scored some incredible goals for Liverpool and though he’d have to win the fans over after he asked to leave, I think that most fans would recognise how good he was for Liverpool.
“He seems to have lost his way a bit at the minute, he needs a bit of TLC and an arm around him doesn’t he?
“So if he wants to come back to Liverpool and the deal was good then I’d have no qualms taking him back because he’s a lovely player.”
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