Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho has made a decision on his preferred destination if he leaves the club this summer, according to reports.
Coutinho hasn’t quite been the same player since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018, only registering five goals and two assists in La Liga last season. The attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away after not proving a popular figure among the Barca faithful.
Coutinho is seen as an ideal replacement for Eden Hazard, who has sealed a long-awaited switch to Real Madrid after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are desperately trying to find a way to avoid the transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA, so that they can fill the void left by Hazard’s exit.
Despite his underwhelming season, Barcelona reportedly still value Coutinho – who has also been linked with Manchester United – at around €100m. Should Chelsea see their transfer ban overturned, they would be able to afford that fee, due to the amount they received for Hazard.
However, the Star‘s report warns that as long as owner Roman Abramovich’s future is uncertain, it can be doubted whether or not Chelsea would be willing to pay big amounts to sign players.
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