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Chelsea are in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move for Phillipe Coutinho.
The 27-year-old cost the club £145million after signing him from Liverpool in January 2018, however, he is now available for £55million.
Coutinho are currently o loan at Bayern Munich and Barcelona want to sell him to raise funds. But Bayern Munich have no intention in making the move permanent.
Barcelona are in “advanced talks” with Chelsea, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The Blues have been keen to sign Coutinho ever since Eden Hazard left the club for Real Madrid.
Barcelona are keener on selling Coutinho for £80m. However, they are willing to allow Coutinho to join the Blues on loan so long as a clause is inserted forcing Chelsea to take him on permanently at the end of the season.
But should the deal be agreed, then how could Coutinho fit into a Chelsea side under Frank Lampard?
The left flank of the attack
The best position for Coutinho probably the left flank. New-comer Hakim Ziyech will likely play off the right, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic will challenge each other for the place at the centre. In this position, the Brazilian could give more attacking power to the Blues.
Line up: Coutinho, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.
The right flank of the attack
This position is not common for Coutinho. It’s unlikely, that Lampard would use him in this position, however, he will be able to fill the void if the injuries do hit the squad.
Line up: Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Coutinho; Abraham.
Number 10 role
If Lampard will decide to play with 4-2-3-1 formation, Coutinho would get the number 10 role. This role is the mos used for the Brazilian and it’s very familiar to him.
Line up: Hudson-Odoi, Coutinho, Pulisic; Abraham.
The Left flank of midfield
Lampard likes to use 4-3-3 formation and Coutinho’s ability on the ball means he can play in a more central midfield role. Being on the left would again be a more essential role for the Brazilian.
Line up: Coutinho, Jorginho, Kante.
The right flank of midfield
The right side is not the best for the Brazilian, but in the midfield, he might cause some damage from deep. Coutinho coming in could mean that a 4-2-3-1 formation will be used and N’Golo Kante will move into a more box-to-box role.
Line up: Kante, Kovacic, Coutinho.