Chelsea have decided to pulled the plug on the chase of Barcelona midfield stalwart Philippe Coutinho after holding talks with the La Liga giants, per reports.
Coutinho switched Liverpool for Barcelona in a big money move last January. His arrival at Camp Nou was heralded as a great hope for the club, who were looking to replace Andres Iniesta. Alas, Coutinho has failed to justify his bogus price tag and his future is up in the air.
He has been linked with returning to Liverpool but Chelsea are also heavily linked with a move for him as reports have claimed he’s viewed as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard who left to join Real Madrid.
The Blues are currently serving a transfer ban and this would prevent them from reinforcing their squad. The Sun claims Chelsea have given up on signing the Brazilian play-maker because of they know the ban will not be lifted this term.
Coutinho scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 54 games for Barcelona last season and they are displeased with his return. The player revealed at the close of the season that his performance dropped, he promised to work hard at it next season.
Chelsea are not the only club linked with the signing of Coutinho, PSG are also said to be interested.