Barca could be tempted to swap Coutinho for Chelsea’s Willian

Barcelona could be tempted into selling Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea if they swap Willian as part of any deal, according to reports.

The Brazilian is only a year into his contract at the Camp Nou following his £142million move from Liverpool last January.

However, reports have been rife that Coutinho could swap Barcelona for Manchester United with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claiming the Premier League side have asked about his availability.

Perpetuating this rumour suits Coutinho, it suits United and it certainly suits a media desperate for this January to spark into action beyond Stamford Bridge and Bournemouth.

Chelsea are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a move for Coutinho with The Guardian suggesting that Stamford Bridge could be a good destination for the 26-year-old.

ESPN journalist David Aymoral yesterday claimed that it would take a fee of at least £88million for any club to tempt Barcelona to sell  – but the report in The Guardian continues by suggesting that Willian ‘could no doubt serve as a tempting makeweight’.

That comes after speculation has increased that Barcelona could renew their interest in Willian after making three bids last summer.


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