Chelsea serious about beating Man Utd to €160m Barcelona star

Date published: Sunday 2nd June 2019 1:11

Chelsea are serious about the idea of signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, according to a report.

Coutinho’s £142million (€160m) move to Barcelona has not all gone to plan, despite the Brazilian midfielder scoring against Manchester United in the Champions League this month.

Rumours of a return to England refuse to go away, with Manchester United reportedly keen on taking the playmaker back to the north of England.

Reports in Spain have previously claimed that Chelsea have also identified Coutinho as the ideal replacement for Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard.

Now, highly-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has backed up these claims by stating that Coutinho is high on their list of summer targets.

With Hazard seemingly confirming his departure from Stamford Bridge after Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League win over Arsenal, Chelsea are looking for creative players.

The Blues are currently set to serve a 12-month transfer ban for allegedly signing underage players, however that decision has been appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Coutinho made over 50 appearances for the Catalan giants in all competitions this past season, but only amassed 11 goals and five assists, and was jeered off by his own fans on a number of occasions.

 

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