Chelsea are at the front of the queue to sign Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on-loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona.

The former Liverpool man, who was at Anfield from 2013-2018, made a big-money from the Reds to Barca in January 2018, but struggled to match the hefty heights he showed in the Premier League during 18 months at the Camp Nou.

He was therefore shipped out on-loan by then-Barca boss Ernesto Valverde to Bayern, but a move back to England with Chelsea could be on the horizon, according to Spanish outlet AS.

The report details that Chelsea have already sounded out Coutinho’s parent club Barca about a move as well as the player himself to find out his intentions.

With winger Willian out-of-contract at the end of the current campaign, Blues boss Frank Lampard is on the look out for acquisitions in the attacking areas.

It looks as though Coutinho will not be in the first-team fold at Barca next season too, under new manager Quique Setien.

The coronavirus outbreak is making it difficult for top European clubs to plan for the summer transfer window, as it looks increasingly likely the season will overrun into June and July.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has played an important role for Bayern this season, as they fought their way back to the top of the Bundesliga.

The 27-year-old has made 22 appearances in the Bundesliga, with eight goals and 15 starts in total.

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