There is no doubt that Chelsea are going to be linked with several players over the course of the summer transfer window.
Many high-profile names will come and go, and the latest appears to be interest in bringing Philippe Coutinho over from Barcelona.
The Brazilian was one of the top players in the Premier League when he was at Liverpool, before making a dream move to Barcelona in 2018.
However, it hasn’t quite worked out for the forward, who was then loaned out to Bayern Munich for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign.
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And now, the Blues have been linked with bringing the Brazilian into the club for a loan deal themselves for a season.
But what has to happen for the deal to happen?
At the moment, the ball still is in Bayern’s court as they have an option to buy within the loan deal they have with Coutinho.
Chelsea during the break
However, according to reports in Germany, the Bundesliga club are not likely to take up that option in the summer.
It means that the forward will return to Barcelona, however the Catalan club are ready to let him go once again.
However, the next step is going to be the negotiations over a loan fee, which could be around the €13million mark, as well as paying his full wages.
The other stipulation that Barcelona might try to enforce is an obligation to buy, which is going to be something which could prove to be a sticking point in the negotiations.
An option to buy might be something Chelsea could work with, but they might not be keen to have an obligation enforced upon them.
Of course, the last issue is to do with the transfer window and when that could be opened.
At the moment, football is on a hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, and there is no set date for when it might return.