Chelsea close in on massive Coutinho deal after Bayern CEO makes big admission
Chelsea may be able to seal a deal for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in the summer, after Bayern Munich made a big announcement.
Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning that he was shipped out o Bayern Munich on a loan basis.
The former Liverpool man has impressed in patches with the Bundesliga champions, having an hand in over 20 goals this season for the dominant German Champions, but according there is a feeling that Bayern may not take up the opportunity to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis, meaning wecould swoop in for a possible deal.
The Bundesliga champions can secure Coutinho’s signature for £102million at the end of the current campaign, and it seemed that he was keen to stay put, but CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has publicly criticised Coutinho for his inconsistent displays and has admitted that Bayern is still unsure whether to trigger an option to make his season-long loan spell permanent.
“He has played well in some games. Sometimes he gives the impression that he’s inhibited,” Rummenigge told Bild.
“Everyone tries to support him. We must hope that he will become an important factor in the decisive weeks to come.”
Look there is a lot of indications suggesting that Willian is leaving, but if we could tempt Coutinho to the club at the end of the season, it would be a fantastic move and he would most certainly add that superstar factor to the side that we need.