Spanish report suggested Chelsea have had their representatives make contact with Philippe Coutinho’s agent and it sparked a debate among some Chelsea fans.
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
But since Bayern are reportedly reluctant to trigger the permanent option, a number of top clubs including Chelsea are allegedly keen on signing the Brazil international ahead of his return to parent club Barcelona.
According to Catalan publication Sport, Chelsea representatives have contacted Coutinho’s agent in bids to seal a summer move ahead of competitors.
Sport specifically mentioned the good relationship between Chelsea and Coutinho’s representative Kia Jooranchian could facilitate the operation.
The report claimed Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have also shown their interest in Coutinho.
Meanwhile, Bayern are reportedly still considering the permanent option, but the €120m they have to pay to trigger the clause is a major stumbling block.
The report said Barcelona would want a much lower fee of around €60m to €80m for the playmaker, as they are keen to sell him to raise funds for the summer transfer window.
Coutinho has bagged eight goals and six assists in the Bundesliga this season.
He is an experienced attacker who could play in several positions, but his best displays usually come from the number 10 position.
This makes some fans question how the former Liverpool man fit into Frank Lampard’s system.
Although Lampard has used the 4-2-3-1 system in few occasions which uses a number 10, it is clear based on this season he prefers the 4-3-3 formation.
Also, bringing Coutinho to Stamford Bridge would likely mean scrapping the reported plan to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, which is clearly opposed by some fans.
Here is what some Chelsea fans on Twitter have had to say on the possible transfer for Coutinho.
I’d play Coutinho where ever Mount currently plays.
Whether it is in 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.
We struggled to break down defenses and looked clueless at times. Our midfield lacks creativity big time. This is not a time to say No to ballers.
50-60 mill is fair. Yes! to Coutinho. pic.twitter.com/wdkWbC6wgP
— SINGA (@PBX1_ChelseaFC) April 5, 2020
We have WAY too many midfielders
Kovacic – Excellent 1st choice of the bench
Jorginho – Tempo
Barkley – Perfect cup player
Mount – Energy/Goals
Gilmour – Prospect
RLC – GOLD STANDARD
Kante – GOAT
Ziyech – Magician
Where is Coutinho playing ?
— Alexis’ Kavkas View (@AlexisIsKavkas) April 5, 2020
Chelsea don’t need a left winger and we don’t need a 10, especially one who won’t press. As talented as he is, Chelsea don’t need Coutinho.
— Lewis (@CFCLewis_) April 5, 2020
Chelsea fans never fail to make me laugh.
Why on earth would you say no to Coutinho just because you're scared of congestion. Coutinho can play wide and central. Man City are where they are today because they have world class talents in the same position. We need to follow…
— Mod (@CFCMod_) April 4, 2020
Chelsea’s squad right now isn’t strong enough for fans to snub players like Coutinho, it just isn’t. Fans complain when Chelsea signed average/deadwood players but when we are linked to good players they don’t want them?
Fans should be happy that we are linked to top players..
— Conn (@ConnCFC) April 4, 2020