Stan Collymore has claimed in his Daily Mirror column that Everton, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers would be the right fit for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho – and that Chelsea would be making a mistake in signing him.
Coutinho, 27, is set to leave Barcelona this summer with Bayern Munich unable to activate the Brazilian’s permanent fee in his loan contract. The former Liverpool star has scored nine goals and created eight more in 32 appearances this term.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with the former Inter Milan star, with Mundo Deportivo claiming Frank Lampard’s side are looking to beat Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle for Coutinho – the latter of which are close to announcing a takeover.
But Collymore believes Lampard would be making mistake in landing the £80m-rated (Sun) magician, but thinks the Brazilian would be a good signing for either Everton, West Ham or Wolves in the coming months.
“If Frank Lampard signs Philippe Coutinho it could well be his first mistake at Chelsea,” Coutinho said. “The Brazilian would help an Everton, a West Ham or possibly Wolves – tier-two Premier League clubs who aim to finish between sixth and eighth.”
TBR’s view – Which club would suit Coutinho best?
Tottenham already have a number of players in that position between the lines in the form of Dele Alli and Gio Lo Celso, and adding Coutinho to that would simply hamper the development of their two current players.
West Ham are close to relegation and Coutinho is likely to avoid the Hammers, while it remains to be seen just how big Newcastle are going to spend. Coutinho would be a brave man to join Everton, after shining for Liverpool 201 times.
But Wolves are on the up. They are expected to qualify for Europe, they are pushing the top six, they have money and an excellent midfield. But to have Coutinho just ahead of both Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho would take them to the next level.