Philippe Coutinho has become the latest international star to be linked with a move to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old made his move to Barcelona after an excellent spell with Liverpool, but it hasn’t really worked out for him in Spain.
Now on loan at Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 campaign, the Brazilian played a bit-part role in the Bundesliga before the campaign was suspended.
According to SPORT, the Blues are willing to pay the £13m loan fee to bring the Brazilian to west London, plus pay the player’s wages.
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That seems like a bit of a tall order right now and there are plenty of things which have to happen before any transfer would go ahead.
But if it was a deal the Blues got over the line, then how could Coutinho fit into a Chelsea side under Frank Lampard?
Chelsea during the break
Left of front three
Maybe Coutinho’s most dangerous position out on the left, with the ability to cut in and show his skill with curling the ball into the back of the net.
It’s a position which will be up for grabs next season. It’s likely Hakim Ziyech will play off the right, with Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi fighting it out for another spot.
But Coutinho gives another exciting edge with his play. He is more a player who likes to get the ball to feet, rather than playing in behind.
That allows him to dictate play more and cutting in from the left would mean he could give Chelsea a more attacking edge inside.
Right of front three
A less natural role for the Brazilian, as he feels more comfortable cutting in, rather than having to try to beat a man.
It’s a position that Coutinho would unlikely be used in often, with the threat of Ziyech coming in, with Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi also able to play there.
But if injuries do hit the squad, then the Brazilian could also slot into the…