Chelsea targeting £140m La Liga flop as Hazard replacement should the transfer ban get overturned

Coutinho targeted by Chelsea after lacklustre season with Barcelona

Chelsea are keen on Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho who they cite as a replacement for Eden Hazard, according to the Mirror UK.

The Belgian’s exit from Stamford Bridge is looming with Real Madrid turning out to be his potential suitors.

Now, the Blues are considering a move for £140m-rated Coutinho, who has failed to live up to his expectations since his move from Anfield.

Despite an impressive start, the ex-Liverpool star stuttered a lot this season due to injury woes, which saw a huge decline in his scoring rate.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian international has bagged only a 13-goal haul in 53 appearances this season across all competitions.

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

Meanwhile, Hazard, the Blues’ pivot over the years, is set for summer exit after seven long years. The Londoners would be forced to fill the biggest void this summer and they have picked out Coutinho as the ideal solution.

Eden Hazard

Meanwhile, Manchester United and PSG are also keeping tabs on the Blaugrana star.

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Having already been crowned as the Europa League champions of this season, Maurizio Sarri would be looking for a productive Champions League campaign next season.

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