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Chelsea are leading the race to sign Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona but the Blues are yet to submit an official bid for the midfielder, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.
According to Spanish media outlet Sport, the Blues are yet to submit a bid for the 27 year old Brazilian because the club is yet to agree with Barcelona whether an obligatory purchase option will be included in the deal for Coutinho.
While Barcelona want Chelsea to include an obligatory purchase option in Coutinho’s loan deal to Stamford Bridge, the Blues want an option to buy and not obligation to buy.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is happy with the decision to bring Coutinho to Chelsea as he is confident of bringing out the best in Coutinho.
Coutinho has struggled to live up to expectations since his move to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018.
Meanwhile, Coutinho’s agent Kai Joorabchian revealed on Friday that the midfielder wants a return to the Premier League.
“The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t have any preference where the players go.
“I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.
“After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it.
“The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in.
“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”