Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has identified the player to replace Eden Hazard should the Belgian leave for Real Madrid this summer.
Hazard is yet to extend his Chelsea contract with his current deal running out next summer and he has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid all season. The Blues will reportedly demand a fee in excess of £100million for Hazard.
According to Spanish radio outlet Cadena Ser, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho as Hazard’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian has endured a pretty tough time at the Nou Camp since his £142miliion move from Liverpool in January 2018.
Abramovich has reportedly made it clear that he wants Coutinho to come in and serve as the club’s new marquee player should Hazard leave this summer.
The Blues are unable to register new players for the next two transfer windows due to a transfer ban by FIFA but Chelsea have appealed the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
CAS could also file a temporary motion that would see the ban frozen until a final decision is made on the Blues’ transfer future.
If Hazard leaves for Real Madrid this summer and Chelsea win the appeal against the transfer ban imposed on the club, Abramovich will splash the money on Coutinho.
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