Chelsea remain in the hunt for Philippe Coutinho.
That is despite quotes from Barcelona manager Quique Setien that he likes the Brazilian seemingly ruling out a transfer for the former Liverpool player.
The Barcelona hierarchy remain keen to get him off the wage bill and according to Sport, Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has been sounding out clubs in England over a potential move.
Coutinho has struggled to make an impact at Barcelona since making a £142million move to the Camp Nou from Liverpool in 2018.
And the playmaker has spent this season on loan in the Bundesliga with champions Bayern Munich, who have been paying all of his wages after shelling out £8million on a loan fee.
A permanent stay at the Allianz Arena seems unlikely, however, meaning Coutinho will have to find a new home.
Chelsea have been the most heavily linked with a move, although the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, and latterly Everton and Leicester have also been credited with an interest.
And according to Sport, the Blues have been told how they can complete a transfer for the 27-year-old this summer.
Firstly, Chelsea will want to know how much he will cost them in a summer of uncertainty over financial power.
The report states that Barca are looking for a fee in the region of £84million for Coutinho, but would be willing to accept £65million – a huge decrease in value in the two years he has been in Spain.
Barca are also keen for the transfer away from the Camp Nou to be a permanent one, although they would be open to extending his current deal with Bayern for another year.
Chelsea may be looking at a loan deal, with football.london reporter Oliver Harbord stating Coutinho could offer a short-term solution to the Blues attacking problems, rather than becoming a permanent transfer, but Barcelona are only wiling to accept another loan deal if there is an obligation to buy written into that contract at the end of one season.