Former Liverpool Player In Chelsea Sights
Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Barcelona midfielder Phillippe Coutinho should Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid this summer.
Coutinho’s move to the Nou Camp from Liverpool only took place in January 2018 but it has turned somewhat sour for the Brazilian. He has spent the current season battling for playing time alongside Arthur and Arturo Vidal. The news that Chile international Vidal is set to be offered a one-year extension as well as Barca’s announcement in January that Frenkie de Jong will join the club from Ajax this summer doesn’t fill Coutinho with confidence.
Coutinho’s agents have already met with members of Barcelona’s technical secretariat to discuss his future. But he has been told that playing time in a matter for coach Ernesto Valverde.
However, an escape could come in the form of a move to Chelsea. Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims that if Real Madrid sign Eden Hazard for €100million this summer then Chelsea will use the whole of that fee to make a move for Coutinho.
There is the small matter of Coutinho’s wages. He currently earns around £400,000 a week at Barcelona. But Chelsea were willing to offer Hazard a new deal worth just short of that amount so they may be willing to offer that to his replacement.
However, there is the small matter of the Chelsea transfer ban to deal with. The west London club face a two-window suspension from signing new players. They are currently appealing to have the ban stopped temporarily in order to give them the chance to sign players this summer. Fifa are battling the appeal on the grounds that giving a club the chance to sign new players partially negates the effectiveness of the ban. But the Blues are confident of being to make new signings this summer.