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Chelsea and Barcelona are reportedly negotiating a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho and according to Daily Express, the Blues have made a strange request to Barcelona.
Barcelona want to include a £57million mandatory purchase clause into Coutinho’s loan deal but Chelsea have reportedly asked to raise the fee to £78 million.
Usually clubs want to pay the lowest amount possible but Chelsea are asking to raise the fee to £78 million so that the clause changes from a mandatory purchase to an optional one.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but the Brazilian has struggled to cement a starting spot.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea player Craig Burley has warned Chelsea against signing Coutinho.
“The money’s going to be big as well and don’t forget there’s going to be a budget cut for Lampard like every other manager in the Premier League,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“(Roman) Abramovich has shown less of an appetite to spend huge money these days and their most important position out there is not a playmaker, it’s a centre-forward.
“And we know, when you’re after a top-notch centre-forward to get you over the line, that’s big bucks.
“It’s big bucks in terms of transfer fee and it’s big bucks in terms of wages.
“So even if he did want Philippe Coutinho to come in because he’s a very good player, I think finances might dictate it.”