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According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Premier League club Newcastle United have opened talks with Chelsea transfer target Philippe Coutinho.
Newcastle United have moved to land Brazilian ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.
Coutinho is a key transfer target for Chelsea but the Blues are yet to make an official move for the Brazilian midfielder.
Coutinho has failed to live up to expectations at Barcelona since his move from Liverpool in 2018 and is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.
He has scored nine times and bagged eight assists for the German champions from 32 appearances in all competitions this season.