Chelsea want Philippe Coutinho to replace the departing Eden Hazard but will reportedly have to table an offer of over £130million to tempt Barcelona to sell.
Barcelona spent £125m to sign Brazilian forward Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018 and want at least that figure to sanction his departure this summer.
Coutinho ended his first season as a Barcelona player with two major trophies but struggled throughout the 2018-19 campaign, facing heavy criticism from the Spanish press and the club’s fans.
Barcelona are said to be willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old, with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both expressing interest in striking a deal.
The Blues are preparing for life without Real Madrid target Hazard – the Belgium played what is expected to be his last game for the club in the Europa League final win over Arsenal.
But United are also keen to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options after a season in which the club finished sixth, 32 points behind champions Man City.
Chelsea will only be able to sign players if their transfer ban is delayed but, if they are given the green light from FIFA, Gianluca Di Marzio say they will target former Liverpool star Coutinho.
It is claimed, however, that Barcelona value the Brazilian at over £130m. Coutinho has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions.