One of the big links with Chelsea already this month has been a loan move for Philippe Coutinho.
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, with the Brazilian’s dream move to the Catalan giants not really working out just yet.
Reports are that Barcelona are willing to let the forward head out on loan once again, with an option to buy as part of the clause, like he has had with Bayern.
Chelsea are one of the reported targets this summer, when the transfer could eventually open up due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
But if Frank Lampard and the Blues are keen on bringing him in this summer, where would he fit into the starting XI?
football.london takes a look right here.
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.
Line up: Coutinho, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will start in8Cancel
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 role.
Line up: Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Coutinho; Abraham.