Chelsea eye Philippe Coutinho as Eden Hazard replacement

Chelsea could bid for FC Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, as they look to replace talisman Eden Hazard this summer. 

With Hazard expected to complete a move to Real Madrid in the coming weeks, the Blues will be on the look out for a replacement, and the Brazilian international is reported to be on their list of targets. 

Coutinho has struggled to live up to his €150m price tag, since arriving at the Camp Nou from Liverpool, back in January 2016 – and he would still command a big fee, should the Catalan side choose to cash in on him.

However, the Premier League side are currently battling a FIFA transfer ban, which is restricting them from buying players for the next twelve months, and they would be to appeal it successfully to be in with a chance of bringing Coutinho back to the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri's side are not the only club reported to be keen on the 26-year old attacking midfielder, with Ligue 1 champions also expressing an interest in bring him to France. 

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