Rumour Has It: Chelsea interested in Coutinho; Man United lowers Pogba fee

Is a return to the Premier League on the cards for Philippe Coutinho?

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho is on loan at Bayern Munich.

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho is on loan at Bayern Munich.   -  Bongarts

Things have not worked out for Philippe Coutinho since his big-money exit from Liverpool.

Coutinho failed to establish himself at La Liga champion Barcelona, while the Brazilian star has struggled to convince during his loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Now, a Premier League club are reportedly ready to hand Coutinho a lifeline.

 

TOP STORY – CHELSEA LEAD COUTINHO RACE

Chelsea is the favourite to bring Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League, according to AS.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a deal reportedly worth €160million (£151m) in 2018, however, he has not been able to match the lofty heights he reached at Anfield.

The 27-year-old was shipped out to Bundesliga powerhouses Bayern Munich at the start of the season, and Frank Lampard's Chelsea has reportedly sounded out Barca about a transfer.

 

ROUND-UP

- Where will Paul Pogba be playing in 2020-21? Linked to former club Juventus and Real Madrid, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously insisted the Frenchman will be at Old Trafford next season. However, The Sun says United is now willing to sell Pogba for £100m (€105m).

- United is desperate to beat Borussia Dortmund to Jude Bellingham's signature. Dortmund is reportedly the favourite to sign Birmingham City's 16-year-old sensation. However, the Mirror claims United is prepared to outlay £30m to sign Bellingham, who toured the club's training facilities last week.

Mundo Deportivo claims Barca is considering swap deals to facilitate the signings of Inter forward Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar. The report says Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho could be moved on.

The Athletic says Liverpool is willing to pay RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner's release clause, but Barca is set to provide competition.

- Chelsea is chasing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, reports the Daily Star. Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested.

- According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Gianluigi Donnarumma is happy to extend his Milan contract but CEO Ivan Gazidis is open to cashing in on the 21-year-old Italy goalkeeper.

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