Date: 22nd March 2020 at 10:26am
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Last week, here at Vital Chelsea, we picked up on the speculation linking the club with a move for the Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.

Our first article – chelsea-look-towards-barcelona-for-a-surprise-loan-deal – was followed by a second one hinting that Chelsea were not the only club looking at acquiring the services of the 27-year-old – chelsea-have-rivals-for-the-services-of-barcelona-midfielder.

Today (Sunday) the speculation has continued to increase with regards to those clubs that would like the Barcelona star in their squads next season.

According to The Mirror, the list of Premier League clubs now stands at four with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur now joining Chelsea and Manchester United.

Clearly, if Barcelona agree to let Coutinho go, there will be no shortage of interest.

However, according to our source, one thing is certain, all four of the Premier League clubs named want Coutinho on loan with none of the quartet willing to pay the £100 million transfer fee Barcelona want for a permanent deal.

The 2019 / 2020 season has seen Coutinho out on loan at Bayern Munich with the Bavarian club paying a £7 million loan fee and also paying Coutinho’s £240,000 a week salary.

With, we presume, similar financial outgoings required for the 2020 / 2021 season, it appears to be an awful lot of money to pay when come to the end of the season, the player would, once again, be packing his suitcase for a return to the Nou Camp.

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