Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing former Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho with the Brazilian seen as a possible replacement for unsettled Eden Hazard who have been linked with a move to Real Madrid, report Cadena Ser.
The Brazilian 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 since his £142miliion move from Liverpool in January 2018.
However, the outgoing FA Cup holders are banned from signing players for each of the next two transfer windows, meaning that any deal for Coutinho is impossible in the next 12 months.
Chelsea want in excess of £100m for Hazard and with his contract up in the summer of 2020, it’s likely a deal is struck in the coming weeks rather than letting him go for free in a year’s time.
The club are also waiting on a decision from from the Court of Arbitration for Sport that will impact the transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA.
Hazard has his heart set on a switch to Madrid and Chelsea have told Real to meet their asking price if they want to sign the Belgian. But the pursuit of a replacement, such as Coutinho, could be stopped by Chelsea’s impending transfer ban.