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Transfer Talk: Chelsea, Spurs favourites to sign Philippe Coutinho

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

Chelsea and Spurs lead the way for Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is a player Barcelona are keen to sell but Bayern Munich — where the 27-year-old is currently on loan — are reportedly unwilling to buy. Now, however, Sport believes the Brazilian could be Tottenham-bound, while the Express says Chelsea are front-runners.

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Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been busy trying to relocate his client, and the Premier League looks the most likely destination, with Chelsea and Spurs — the latter of whom tried to sign Coutinho last summer — rumoured to be willing to pay his €220,000-per-week wages in a loan deal.

Barcelona are looking for a €10 million loan fee in addition to his wages paid. In an ideal world, they would rather sell Coutinho to free up some cash for their own recruitment plans, but no club appears willing to part with the €80m they’re asking for.

Newcastle United, Manchester United and Leicester City have all inquired but not taken their interest any further, paving the way for the London rivals to duke it out.

Juve look to Fati and other rising stars

The Miralem Pjanic-to-Barca deal continues to rumble on without a definitive conclusion and the stumbling block appears to be about who Juventus can take in return. The Bianconeri are desperate to sign Arthur, who doesn’t want to leave, and they’re now facing difficulty getting Ansu Fati thrown into the bargain too, reports Tuttosport.

The Pjanic deal appears to be done and dusted, with a fee of €60m agreed, but both Barca and Juve are looking to include other players as part of the transfer.

Arthur has made it clear he doesn’t want to leave, and while Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele could be included if a deal can be agreed for Juve right-back Mattia De Sciglio, Juve are particularly keen to sign 17-year-old Fati.

Barcelona appear unwilling to let the youngster go, however, which means Juve could switch their intentions to other promising starlets including Carles Alena, Riqui Puig, Ilaix Moriba, Francisco Trincao and Pedri.

Chelsea front of the queue for Bernardeschi

Chelsea lead a number of top clubs in the chase for Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian is apparently eyeing a move to the Premier League this summer and Chelsea lead rivals Manchester United and Arsenal as the trio monitor the situation.

Bernardeschi has struggled for game time this season but has been a solid squad member since joining the club from Fiorentina, and now the 26-year-old is chasing more first-team action.

Gazzetta dello Sport believes the winger is keen on a move to England if his situation under Maurizio Sarri doesn’t change.

Tap-ins

– Barcelona and Inter Milan continue to discuss the future of Lautaro Martinez, but Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette could be key to the transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Frenchman is wanted by Inter as one of several replacements for Martinez, and they’re unwilling to part with their Argentine asset until any such reinforcements are sorted.

David Luiz is close to sealing a return to Benfica, reports the Mirror, but he’ll need to take a £38k-a-week pay cut in order to seal his move. Luiz is currently waiting on whether the Gunners will trigger a one-year extension to his contract, but the Brazilian has already spoken to his former employers at Benfica about a possible return, nine years after he left the club to join Chelsea.

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