According to a report from the Mirror, both Spurs and Arsenal could be set to lose out to Chelsea in the race to sign Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian is a wanted man this summer. It is widely expected that Bayern will not take up their option to sign the Colombian star from Barcelona.
And with Barcelona looking to cut costs too, Coutinho looks to be on his way. Latest reports claim the former Liverpool man could be available for as little as £70m. (Evening Standard)
However, it appears Chelsea have already jumped the gun ahead of both Spurs and Arsenal. The Blues are reportedly already in negotiations to land the midfielder.
This would, of course, be a bitter blow for their north London rivals, who have both been credited with an interest in Coutinho.
Chelsea are looking to make moves in the market after seeing their transfer ban lifted. After losing Eden Hazard last summer, Coutinho could, at his best, be the ideal replacement.
Unsurprising to see Chelsea linked with Coutinho – TBR View
Chelsea are going to be linked with a whole host of players in the coming months. Given their updated transfer stance, it makes sense for top players to be linked.
However, Coutinho, in particular, was a name they were always going to be linked with eventually. Despite his form for Barca and Bayern, he’s simply too good to ignore.
He’d be a fine signing, too. Proven in the Premier League already and with a point to prove personally following his spell on the continent, he could well give Chelsea an added dimension.