Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a deal to take Philippe Coutinho to Stamford Bridge but Barcelona insist that one clause must be inserted into the contract.
Barcelona would prefer to sell the Brazilian this summer but their £80million valuation is unlikely to be met.
Therefore, they would reluctantly accept a loan deal similar to what Bayern Munich have in place this season.
However, Coutinho has failed to light up the Allianz Arena and the German outfit are not wanting to make the transfer permanent.
That means the 27-year-old could be offloaded to the Premier League, where Spanish publication Sport claim Chelsea are leading the race.
The Blues would have to cover Coutinho’s £11.5m annual salary to take the playmaker on loan for 12 months.
However, Sport claim Barcelona will demand a mandatory purchase clause if inserted into the deal.
The Catalan giants will apparently reduce their price tag to £53m if Frank Lampard’s side agree to buy Coutinho at the end of next season.
There are doubts over the midfielder as he has not found his top form since leaving Liverpool in January 2018.
Barcelona paid the Reds £142m but they are willing to let him go for just over a third of the price.
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Meanwhile, Manchester United have also been tentatively linked with a summer move for Coutinho.
But Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol does not think that is a realistic transfer.
“Philippe Coutinho’s agent has a big job on his hands,” Solhekol said.
“Barcelona want to sell him this summer. He is on loan at Bayern Munich but they are unlikely to make the move permanent.
“Barcelona want more than £100m for a player who will be 28 in the summer. That means there will be little resale value for any interested clubs.
“Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has good contacts at Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.
“A move to those clubs is possible, but Barcelona would have to drop their asking price dramatically or it would have to be a loan with an option to buy deal.
“Interested clubs know that Barcelona want to sell him this summer.”
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