Chelsea emerge as the front-runners to sign Barcelona star

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Chelsea isn’t messing around in the summer transfer window. Rumour has it, they have taken the lead in the race for this wantaway Barcelona star…

Frank Lampard had an unlucky start to his life as Chelsea boss. The Blues, perhaps unsurprisingly given their mistreatment of the loan system among other things, were serving a transfer ban when he was unveiled as manager. This meant he had to go the summer without signings.

Consequently, though, he built an incredibly strong foundation, stronger than that which Maurizio Sarri set, despite the lack of signings. Now Chelsea’s side consists of fine work from many young players including Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James. It’s safe to say, Stamford Bridge is secure for many years to come if they continue their development.

However, this has not hindered Chelsea from looking ahead to the summer transfer window, despite the uncertain times caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Frank Lampard’s Blues are excited to splash the cash, and rightly so given their new-found freedom to do so.

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According to Sport, they have been given a boost in this regard. It’s thought that Chelsea is now the most likely destination for Barcelona wantaway Philippe Coutinho. He is currently on loan with Bayern Munich but he is known to want a move away from Catalonia. But, what exactly would he bring to London?

Well, Chelsea fans should know all about this. After all, he spent many seasons dominating the midfield for Liverpool before making the move to Spain. Coutinho is known as the maestro for his fine work on the ball, as he excels in both his dribbling and creative abilities. He really is a gem and when he is at the top of his game, he is unplayable.

He has performed relatively well for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, however, he could be deemed as surplus to requirements as the Bavarian giants will likely need to strengthen in other areas than their midfield. Barcelona probably won’t need him either, since new signing Frenkie De Jong has essentially secured his place in the midfield.

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Where do you think Philippe Coutinho will be playing next season?