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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly wants to replace Eden Hazard with Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.
Hazard has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid all season and according to some reports, the Belgian has told the club he wants to join Real Madrid this summer.
French media outlet L’Equipe claims Real Madrid and Chelsea have agreed a deal for Hazard and the transfer will be made public after the Europa League final.
With Hazard almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Chelsea have identified Coutinho as his replacement at the club.
Coutinho has had a difficult 18 months since leaving Liverpool for Spain in January 2018 and Barcelona are reportedly happy to let the Brazilian leave for Chelsea this summer.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona want to sell Coutinho this summer for at least £100million, a fee which is quite high knowing the Brazilian has struggled in Spain.
Barcelona paid Liverpool £145million to sign Coutinho in January 2018.
Chelsea’s move for Coutinho will depend on the club successfully overturning the transfer ban. FIFA banned Chelsea from registering new players for the next two transfer windows but the Blues have appealed the ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are hoping the ban will be suspended this summer to allow the club make signings.
Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January and the American international will arrive at the club this summer but Abramovich wants Coutinho to be Chelsea’s marquee signing this summer.
Chelsea will have to pay at least £100million for Coutinho and may have to offer £240,000 a week in wages.