Report: Chelsea consider Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Barcelona sensation Philippe Coutinho.
According to the Independent, the Blues are keeping tabs on the 26-year-old attacking midfielder as they prepare for a potential Eden Hazard departure.
The report details that Maurizio Sarri’s side are eyeing the La Liga ace and Barcelona are expected potential bids for him in the summer from Premier League clubs.
Coutinho is someone who is extremely familiar to English audiences from his time with Liverpool and departed Anfield last summer in a £142million deal (BBC).
The Brazil international has made 54 appearances for Barcelona so far, scoring 18 goals and supplying 11 assists in return.
He is a set-piece specialist that has scored some stunning free-kicks in his time and can operate centrally or out wide on the left.
It would be an incredible addition if Chelsea did ramp up reported interest in Coutinho in the summer and he’s certainly got the individual quality to tear it up at Stamford Bridge.
But he only made a dream move to the Camp Nou last summer and whether he would open to a quick return to England remains to be seen.
Chelsea need to bring in a marquee addition if they do lost Hazard and the Brazilian would help paper over some cracks.