Chelsea interested in signing No.10 South American playmaker

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The London club has repeatedly been talked about as one of the possible destinations for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho. On Monday, news coming out of Spain explained Brazil international’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, is ‘already in talks’ with Chelsea over a move.

However, there was no mention of a possible structure of the deal. In England, and in some Spanish publications, it’s been reported Blues could offer nearly €80m for Philippe.

However, Sport state Blaugrana value the footballer at €90m. Of course, it’s hard to believe Barcelona would genuinely turn down €80m from Blues if they came knocking with such an amount, but it’s explained that because of the way the transfer fee paid to Reds has amortised, even that figure would have to go down as a loss.

Sport state Blues are set to start talks, and they believe all Premier League interest is on the basis of a loan. They would be ready to pay a loan fee of €13m to Blaugrana and also take over the player’s salary.

Blaugrana would prefer a mandatory purchase option, although it could be unlikely they’d get one. Regardless, Sport say a buying option of €60m next summer would be enough for the Blaugrana not to post a loss.