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Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho as a replacement for Eden Hazard after our transfer ban is lifted. The Blues will be unable to register new signings for the next two transfer windows.
Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018, but the 27-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in Spain and the Spanish champions are now reportedly interested in selling the midfielder.
Coutinho scored five goals and made three assists in 34 league appearances last season and was booed on a number of occasions by Barcelona fans.
The arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid has further put his future at Barcelona in doubt.
Despite Chelsea’s interest in signing the Brazilian, Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed the Brazilian would find it difficult to play for any Premier League side other than Liverpool.
“The information from Barcelona is rather mixed,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports News.
“We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale, that they have never spoken about the boy leaving, that they had never offered him to any club.
“Although there is a guy that works for them called Andre Cury, who apparently has been touting him about – but the president has told us he is categorically not for sale.
“I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart. He was a big fan of them throughout the campaign [last season].
“He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint.”
Meanwhile, Coutinho casted doubts over his Barcelona future while with Brazil during the Copa America after admitting he doesn’t know if he’ll still be in Catalonia next season.
“I don’t know if I will continue at Barcelona,” Coutinho said, quoted by Marca. “Nobody knows about the future, and right now I am focused on playing with my [national] team [at the Copa América].”