German football expert Patrick Strasser has told talkSPORT there is no chance Bayern Munich sign Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho permanently this summer as he does not fit in their system.
The Brazilian, who has spent the season on loan with Bayern Munich, has struggled at Barcelona since his big-money move from Liverpool in 2018.
The playmaker has scored 13 goals in 52 league appearances at Camp Nou since his £142m switch from Anfield.
And despite impressing in bursts in Bavaria with eight goals and six assists in 22 appearances, Strasser is confident the playmaker will return to Barcelona at the end of the season to possibly to find a new club.
“He’s not the right player that coach Hansi Flick wants to have because he’s playing as a proper No.10 – a playmaker you would say,” Strasser told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“Bayern play with [Robert] Lewandowski up front and two strong wingers in [Kingsley] Coman and Serge Gnabry.
“There’s no spot in the first team for Coutinho as Thomas Muller is in the first team too – one of the key players of Bayern for ten or more years.
“They will not buy Coutinho for sure because he will cost too much but he hasn’t really been that good.
“There’s been matches when he has shown his quality but he hasn’t really adapted to Bayern and especially life at Bayern.
“He probably knew he would only be here for a year but he probably thought he would move to the Premier League after.
“Nobody thought Coutinho would be a long term stay.”
Spanish outlet Sport say Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 27-year-old.
The Blues are believed to be unwilling to match Barcelona’s £80m valuation, but remain hopeful the Spanish giants’ desire to bring in other players could work in their favour.
Barcelona are keen to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, whose release clause is £97m, and the Catalans could sell Coutinho to fund a move.
Coutinho, who is allegedly pushing for a Premier League return, has also been linked with Liverpool’s north west rivals Manchester United.