Chelsea look to Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

Chelsea will look to Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho to replace the outgoing Eden Hazard this summer, according to reports.

Calciomercato say the Brazilian would be the number one choice at Stamford Bridge to replace Hazard, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The Liverpool playmaker has cut a frustrated figure for the Catalan club this season, finding starting opportunities limited at the club and struggling to find consistent form.

Coutinho, who moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in January 2018 for an initial €120m fee, has not established himself as a consistent starter under Coach Ernesto Valverde – with just 35 La Liga starts in 15 months.

The player was recently booed by sections of Barca’s support in their 3-1 home win over Rayo Vallecano and appeared to cup his ears to fans after scoring against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also been linked to the player, who is hoping to retain his place in Barca’s side ahead of the returning Ousmane Dembele.

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