Philippe Coutinho is very available for Chelsea and any other club that would want to snatch him up as the owner of Bayern Munich Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the club is yet to ascertain whether the Brazilian will be needed at the club next season or not.
Coutinho is regarded as one of the biggest flops in football in recent history. Since he joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018, he has not been able to find his form, unlike when he was in Liverpool where he scored 41 goals for the club between 2013 and 2018.
He became one of the most expensive players in Spanish La Liga as he moved to Barcelona for a transfer fee worth about £145 million for a three years deal. In the three years, the Brazilain forward has managed to play about 52 matches for Barcelona and has scored just 13 goals before he was sent to Bayern Munich for a season-long loan deal in 2019.
Since he joined German Bundesliga, Philippe Coutinho has found it difficult to stamp his authority in the Bayern’s team, bringing about the speculation that his loan deal with Bayern Munich might end up not being permanent.
This has attracted interests from a series of top Premier League clubs, especially from Chelsea and Arsenal. Coutinho made such interests more profound when he told his agent Kia Joorabchian that he wishes to return to the Premier League. He stated this when he visited London with Bayern that defeated Chelsea 3-0 in a UEFA Champions League match in February.
“The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports.
“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”
In what looks like a reaction to what Coutinho’s agent said, the chairman of Bayern Munich said the club intentionally allowed the option to make Coutinho stay at the club permanent to expire.
“The option expired and we haven’t activated it. We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not”, Rummenigge said.
This is arguably the best door-opening statement for a club like Chelsea which has always shown interest in signing the Bayern Munich loanee. Just like other big European clubs, it will be almost impossible for Chelsea to sign a player as expensive as Coutinho this summer due to the negative impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on football so far. However, Chelsea could go all the way to ensure that they bring Coutinho to Chelsea not minding the financial consequences.