Chelsea ‘want Coutinho to replace Real Madrid-bound Hazard’ if transfer ban is delayed this summer

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CHELSEA are reportedly lining up Philippe Coutinho as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

The former Liverpool playmaker scored a stunning long-range effort against Manchester United to remind fans what he is capable of.

Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho could swap leagues this summer

But it has not all been plain sailing at the Nou Camp and Telefoot claims Coutinho, 26, could be heading back to the Premier League.

And return would be dependent on Chelsea agreeing terms with Barcelona and seeing their transfer ban delayed until after the summer window.

Hazard appears to be edging towards a Stamford Bridge exit in the wake of interest from Real Madrid.

And Coutinho – who has been booed by his own fans at Barca – may be a ready-made replacement.

Barcelona would look to recoup much of the £147million they paid Liverpool in a potential stumbling block.

In-demand Lille ace Nicolas Pepe is another alternative.

The forward, 23, has been linked with United and Liverpool after a brilliant season in Ligue 1.


Chelsea have been blocked from buying players after allegedly breaking rules surrounding the signing of minors.

The Blues – who were also fined £460,000 –  are currently unable to sign ANY players this summer or next January after a Fifa ruling.

But they have appealed the decision and their case will be heard on April 11.

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