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Chelsea £130m top target ready to snub Premier League giants as he eyes PSG move

Unwanted Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has decided on a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to a report.

The Brazil international has endured an underwhelming 18-month spell at Camp Nou and is believed to have been told to look for a new club.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with the 26-year-old in recent days, but reports in the Spanish media claim that PSG have as good as won the race for the versatile midfielder’s signature.

PSG were supposedly encouraged to make a move for Coutinho by his compatriot Neymar, who the ex-Liverpool ace is keen to link up with at club level.

The French giants are said to be looking to strike an initial loan agreement with Barca ahead of making the deal permanent in a year’s time. It is believed that Barcelona value their attacking midfielder at £130m.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are reportedly considering a swoop for Gary Cahill as the defender prepares to leave Chelsea.

The 33-year-old has made 290 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions since a 2012 move from Bolton Wanderers. Cahill will leave the Blues on a free transfer this summer, though, with his contract due to expire at the end of June.

A number of clubs have been linked with moves for the defender and according to The Sun, Villa are very much in the hunt for the veteran, who could link up with former Chelsea teammate John Terry – now assistant manager at Villa Park.