Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho would prefer a move to Chelsea over the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, as he likes the idea of replacing Eden Hazard.
Despite the fact Eden Hazard has been in spectacular form for Chelsea over the course of this season, and despite the fact he has helped the club achieve their goals of getting back inside the top four and win the Europa League, he has decided to leave the club for Real Madrid.
And according to reports in the media owner Roman Abramovic wants unhappy Barcelona star Coutinho to come in and help fill the void of the Belgian when he leaves.
And Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has claimed Coutinho likes Chelsea and would welcome the return to England, which is described as the “ideal destination” for him.
The article claims Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA is currently under review by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but the ruling will likely not be concluded before deadline day on August 9.
Coutinho is still a valuable asset in the market but, despite 21 goals and 11 assists from 75 appearances in all competitions, has failed to convince Barcelona fans and management after initially being bought to replace Andreas Iniesta.
Coutinho may not be having the best of seasons at Barcelona, but that could be a good thing for the Premier league giants as the Spaniards will surely be open to letting the Brazilian leave the club for a bargain fee.
They paid Liverpool £142 million to secure a deal, but could be willing to let him leave for just £65 million, which is a bargain for the type of player Coutinho is.
He is world class and could help fill the void that Hazard has left when he signed for Madrid.
The Blues just need that transfer and to be overturned in the coming weeks to be able to complete this transfer deal.