Chelsea have handed a chances of signing midfielder Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona reportedly willing to cover a portion of Brazilian wages in order to facilitate his departure from the club this summer.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months after Bayern Munich chosen not to activate their buy-option for the midfielder.
The Brazilian playmaker, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, earns more than £200,000-a-week, which Barcelona understand will be difficult for most clubs to afford in the current economic circumstances.
And according to The Telegram, claims Barcelona are prepared to sanction Coutinho’s departure whether as part of a swap deal or a transfer.
The reports explains in details that the Catalan ready to pay part of his wages in case he join another club on season-loan deal following his year in Germany.
Coutinho, who Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 with £145million, struggle to settle at the Camp Nou and was subsequently loaned out to Bayern Munich for 2019/20 campaign.
His impressive performances in Bundesliga, where he scored nine goals and provided eight assists across all competitions this season, attracted interest from English Premier League sides, especially Frank Lampard’s side.
The Blues boss is eager to further strengthen his attacking options ahead of next campaign with both Kia Havertz and Philippe Coutinho is part of players Lampard interest to bring to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, the Brazil international’s agent Kia Joorabchian has previously stated that the Ex-Liverpool attacking midfielder is ‘definitely’ interested in a return to the Premier League.
‘We’re still waiting until the season finishes before we start talking about anything in terms of transfers,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘I’ve always said that he loves to play in the Premier League.
‘He enjoyed his time very much and if the opportunity arises to come back to the Premier League, whether it be this year or in the future, he’s definitely looking at that.’