Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has reportedly been targeted by Chelsea to become the heir to Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.
The Blues allegedly accept that their star player Hazard will quit this summer after years of flirting with the Spanish giants. Finding a replacement will not be easy, but Telefoot claims that the West London outfit have one target in particular lined up.
Chelsea believe that Coutinho can do a job for them should he replicate the form shown at Premier League rivals Liverpool, which earned him a nine-figure move to Barcelona in January 2018.
Should they miss out on the Brazil international, the report indicates that Maurizio Sarri’s men will instead look to Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.
A FIFA-imposed two-window transfer ban may kick in this summer, however, preventing Chelsea from making any signings.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing to make a move to sign former Chelsea winger and Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard, according to reports.
Hazard, who is the younger brother of Eden, is high on Borussia Dortmund’s shortlist as the German club seek a replacement for Christian Pulisic, who is joining Chelsea this summer.
The 26-year-old has been in sublime form this season with 12 goals and 11 assists but has told Monchengladbach that he wants to leave at the end of the season.