Barcelona reportedly want around £70 million for playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, with Chelsea and their league rivals Manchester United both possible buyers.
A move back to Premier League could be on the cards for the former Liverpool midfielder, with his £142 million move to Spain a couple of season ago failing to bear fruit.
The Catalan side sent Coutinho Bayern Munich on a season-long loan the previous summer, but given his inconsistent displays, the German outfit aren’t planning to exercise the £105 million option to buy.
According to the Evening Standard, Blaugrana will listen to offers in the region of £70-80m and are ready to make a heavy loss on the 27-year-old.
The La Liga outfit aim to ship Coutinho out to create space for their top priority signings of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and their former star, now at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar.
Given the financial insecurity surrounding the coronavirus crisis, Barca will not be able to make any mega-money deals happen without selling first.
The Blues and the Red Devils have both reportedly been keeping tabs on Philippe in view of a summer swoop. However, Blues hero Frank Leboeuf warned boss Frank Lampard against the landing, saying:
‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what?
‘We have young players, very talented, who are very promising. We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game.
‘I don’t know where his place would be. If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’