Chelsea FC to snub Philippe Coutinho in favour of 20-year-old – report

Chelsea FC have decided to pull the plug on their interest in FC Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a report

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez (Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram)

Chelsea FC are set to end their interest in signing FC Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a report in England.

The Athletic, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that the Brazil international was thought to be on Chelsea FC’s radar as Frank Lampard looks to improve his midfield options ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

The same article states that FC Barcelona were prepared to drop their asking price for Coutinho despite the prospect of making a £66m loss on the Brazilian midfielder.

But according to the same story, the Blues are still not prepared to cough up a huge transfer fee for the former Liverpool FC playmaker despite his reduced price tag.

The Athletic go on to claim that Chelsea FC would prefer to pursue Bayer Leverkusen’s highly-rated midfielder Kai Havertz in the summer transfer window.

The report adds that the 20-year-old Germany international is a target for the west London side following his excellent performances in the current campaign.

However, the media outlet warn that Chelsea FC will face competition from Manchester United, Liverpool FC and Bayern Munich if they want to sign Havertz this summer.

Chelsea FC have already reached an agreement to sign Morocco international Hakim Ziyech in a £33m deal from Dutch side Ajax ahead of the summer transfer window.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Ian Wright
‘Gutted’: Ian Wright sends message to Arsenal fans about Mesut Ozil
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Man United v Chelsea FC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms injury blow ahead of Man United v Chelsea FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts Arsenal v Leicester City
Michael Owen
Michael Owen claims Chelsea FC star created ‘fear’ with his display
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Chelsea FC
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Owen Hargreaves
Owen Hargreaves reacts to Thomas Partey’s display in Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Rapid Vienna
Michael Owen
Michael Owen claims Chelsea FC star created ‘fear’ with his display
Man United legend Ryan Giggs
‘We’ll score goals’: Ryan Giggs looks ahead to Man United v Chelsea FC