During his time at Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho was without a doubt one of the most exciting players in the Premier League. The ex-Red's tricky dribbling and long-range goals earned him a status as one of Anfield's modern Premier League greats. Subsequently, after five years of brilliance on Merseyside, Coutinho's performances forced the dream to move Barcelona, costing a staggering £142m.
The attacking midfielder has struggled to produce the quality that matched this price tag, leading to a loan to Bayern Munich last season to find this old form. This move is a loan with an option to buy, but Bayern are not a club that often pay such drastic fees for a player of any kind. Now, at 27 and being the third most expensive deal ever, it's unlikely Abramovich will do the same and get the deal done on a permanent basis straight away and perhaps aim for a loan move.
Barcelona seem keen to offload Coutinho in order to bring in some new signings of their own and have reportedly been offering him to a host of clubs, with Chelsea being at the top of this pile. Whilst he may not have lived up to expectations at the Camp Nou, the Brazilian is still an incredible player and could end up being a great signing for a club looking to move up the table, such as the Blues.
Willian and Pedro both have contracts expiring in the summer and look set to leave, and consequently leaving spaces to fill on Chelsea’s flanks. This isn’t to mention the gargantuan Eden Hazard-shaped void that has been left to fill since his departure to Real Madrid last summer. Since this, Chelsea have been desperate for another superstar, with Tammy Abraham's goals the only notable output in the attacking sense this campaign.
Coutinho already knows how to terrorise Premier League defences, and he would surely love a second bite at the cherry to re-establish himself as one of the world's best. It was his performances in England that earned Coutinho a big-money move in the first place and if there is ever a place and a time to do this once more, it's Stamford Bridge.
When all is considered, Paddy Power see a move to Chelsea the most likely option, offering odds of 5/6 for Coutinho to join forces with Lampard in the summer.
At 27, the ex-Liverpool star is the perfect option for Chelsea's rebuild. Whilst the youth products are aligning well, eventually, the mega deals must come, as this is, after all, how the club built themselves into a European heavyweight in the first place.