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According to Spanish media outlet AS, Chelsea are leading the race to sign £142 million Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona but the German club are reportedly not interested in making his stay permanent.
Chelsea have contacted Barcelona about a transfer for the former Liverpool midfielder and the Blues have also contacted Coutinho to find out his intentions.
Coutinho has struggled to meet expectations at Barcelona since making a £142 million switch from Liverpool in January 2018.
Barcelona are reportedly desperate to sell the 27 year old Brazilian midfielder this summer and have lowered their asking price to £77 million ahead of the summer window.
Coutinho has made 22 appearances while on loan at Bayern Munich, scoring 8 goals.