Jamie Redknapp says it is unlikely that Philippe Coutinho
will join Chelsea in the upcoming transfer window.
Spanish publication Sport claimed on Wednesday that
Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, is 'keen'
to come back to England and Chelsea 'are working on building a team' to
challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.
The report added that Chelsea 'have begun talks over a deal'
with Barcelona but they 'have no intention' of spending lavish amounts.
However, Redknapp doesn't think a deal to bring Coutinho to
Stamford Bridge is possible at the moment.
"I don’t see this (Coutinho to Chelsea) as a goer, it's
an awful lot of money," Redknapp told Sky Sports' The Football Show.
"Coutinho is a super-talented player but he doesn't get enough goals.
"Chelsea have Mason Mount there and a lot of trusts has
been given to the young players who are coming through at Stamford Bridge. The
way Chelsea have been going for the last year or so, I just don't see them
going to spend £79 million on a player.
"Coutinho is talented, but why would you want to risk
preventing someone like Mount, who is going to be a top-class player, having
the opportunities himself?"
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has suggested Coutinho might
have a future in Spain when football resumes.
"Coutinho? I like him very much," Setien told
Spanish station RAC 1 a week ago.
"He is still a Barcelona player. You have to pay the
clause or a transfer fee to Barca.
"I think he can be here at the beginning of next
season. I don’t know if he wants to come back or go away again, I have to talk
to him to ask him.
"He is a great player, no doubt about it."
- TEAMtalk media