Chelsea’s stance on Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool reportedly make transfer decision

Philippe Coutinho will not make a sensational return to Liverpool this summer.

That’s according to the Mirror.

The Brazilian international left the Reds to join the La Liga giants back in January 2018 for a fee north of £100million, only for that decision to somewhat backfire as he has struggled to establish himself at the Camp Nou.

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Coutinho is spending this season on loan at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, for whom he has made 32 appearances across all competitions, scoring nine goals in the process.

Although a permanent move to the Allianz Area is looking unlikely and it would appear that the Merseyside outfit have made a decision to not explore the possibility of bringing the attacking midfielder back to Anfield.

But what does that mean for the Blues?

Well, the west London outfit have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil international as head coach Frank Lampard looks to bolster his squad ahead of the 2020/21 season.

In doing so, Chelsea could get one over on their Premier League rivals because of an agreement between the Reds and Barcelona which saw Coutinho move to Spain in the 2018 January transfer window for an initial £104.1m fee.

Click here to read more about the clause.

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Football.london ‘s Chelsea writer Alan Smith addressed the situation during a Q&A with fans on Tuesday where he told a supporter not to expect much transfer activity at the moment.

“They have not. And while we’re in lockdown it would be wrong to expect any developments,” he responded when asked ‘how far have Coutinho talks progressed?’

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