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According to Spanish media outlet Sport via Tribal Football, Chelsea pushed hard to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho last summer.
The report suggests agent Kia Joorabchian held talks with Chelsea last summer over a transfer for the Brazilian midfielder but no deal could be agreed.
Barcelona are now reportedly hoping to ship out Coutinho in order to raise the money they still owe Liverpool for his 2018 transfer.
Chelsea spent heavily on Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz last summer and a move for Coutinho is now definitely over.
Coutinho scored two goals and provided two assists in 12 La Liga appearances this season before suffering a serious knee injury.