Chelsea are interested in landing Philippe Coutinho from Catalan giants Barcelona if the club can avoid a two-window transfer ban this summer, according to the latest reports in Spain.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are lining up new options in the attack should Belgian star Eden Hazard finally make his long trailed transfer to Real Madrid.
Philippe, who has struggled to make an impact for Blaugrana since moving from Liverpool in a transfer that cost an initial £106m and has various extra bonuses that could cost the Camp Nou club further millions in the near future.
A Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claim that only one Premier League side has registered an interest in signing the Brazilian – Chelsea.
However, while Chelsea have the resources to cover much of Blaugrana’s original outlay and the player’s wages, whether the club will be allowed to spend in summer is another matter.
Chelsea have been punished with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA after breaking regulations surrounding the signings of U18 players.
They lost their appeal to football’s governing body but will make their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to overturn the sanction.
In spit eof the legal process being ongoing, the Blues are still banned from landing players this summer – meaning Coutinho could be forced to continue his unhappy stay at Catalonia.
He has netted 21 goals in 74 matches for the club but has failed to fill either the boots of his compatriot Neymar in an attacking role nor club legend Andres Iniesta in a play-making capacity.
Coutinho suffered further humiliation when his former side, Liverpool, dumped Barca out of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last week.