Although Barcelona would like to cash in by selling Philippe Coutinho, the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic mean club officials would have to be open to loan deals, realistically.
That may increase the chances that the former Liverpool man will return to the Premier League with Chelsea, according to The Express.
Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle United were also linked with the 27-year-old, and Tottenham Hotspur was claimed to have ended their pursuit at the weekend.
However, it is rumoured that Chelsea has emerged as most likely to strike a deal for the Brazilian, who is a midfielder for the Catalan giants.
The report suggests the Blues would be willing to pay a £10 m loan fee, as well as contribute in full to the wages of the playmaker.
Coutinho’s enjoyed a fruitful loan campaign at Bayern Munich, scoring nine goals in all competitions from 32 appearances.