Chelsea Owner Could Still Splash Out £150m On One Player

Chelsea Owner Could Still Splash Out £150m On One Player

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will still be able to buy the likes of Philippe Coutinho following the coronavirus crisis, claims Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after failing to settle at Barcelona since his £142million transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

Hunter thinks Abramovich could change his recent transfer strategy of signing younger players by splashing out on the likes of the 27-year-old.

Though he admits that looks unlikely at the moment.

“There are some clubs who aren't automatically going to be affected by this crisis,” Hunter said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“Clubs, for example Chelsea have utterly redrawn how they want to spend.

“But there's no doubt Abramovich still has the power to wake up one morning and go ‘Nah, I'm interested again, there's £150m'.

“I don't think he will, Chelsea aren't run like that at the moment.

“But he has that power and Manchester City have almost unending financial power, so do Paris Saint-Germain.”

Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes Coutinho would not be a worthwhile signing.

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According to him, Barcelona paid way over the odds for him two-and-a-half years ago.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago