Chelsea Pick Man Utd Target To Replace Eden Hazard, Asking Price Set

Samuel Umtiti Ivan Rakitic Philippe Coutinho

Samuel Umtiti Ivan Rakitic Philippe Coutinho

The same article states Real Madrid are unwilling to strip Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric of current number despite Hazard's arrival.

The Belgian has been fluttering his eyelids in the direction of the Bernabeu for a couple of years now and Zinedine Zidane's decision to return to Real to manage less than a year after leaving made all but sure of Hazard's move.

The 26-year-old has been a major disappointment, however, since his club-record move to Catalonia and was virtually anonymous during the two legs of the Champions League semi-final - when the Reds came back from a 3-0 deficit to stun Barcelona at Anfield.

With Coutinho looking out of sorts and demanding an exit, the Blues are looking to pounce on him should their transfer ban get overturned.

According to Gianluca di Marzio via Sportsmole, the Blues are said to hold a keen interest in signing Coutinho as they seek to replace Hazard in their ranks ahead of next season.

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Chelsea are reportedly intent on signing Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, provided their transfer ban is suspended by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

In the past Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were allowed to make transfers whilst their appeals to their own Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer bans were being made.

The Spanish newspaper says Chelsea and Manchester United are prepared to offer Coutinho a route back to the Premier League but they'll face competition from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain as they are hoping to lure him to France amid rumours of a possible swap deal involving Neymar.

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Barca have been linked with Antoine Griezmann and a move for the Atletico Madrid forward would need Barca to sell someone.

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