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Chelsea make huge step forward in landing Barcelona midfielder Coutinho

Barcelona are ready to sell Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League this summer.

Mundo Deportivo says Bayern Munich have informed Barca they will not be taking up the permanent option in Coutinho's loan deal - even if it is reduced from the original €120m price.

Instead, Coutinho will be sold to an English club, despite Barca coach Quique Setien informing directors he'd be happy work with the former Liverpool star next season.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City are all keen, with Coutinho favouring a move to the Blues.

Indeed, in Spain it's claimed Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian has been in correspondence with Chelsea for some months about a move to London.

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