Chelsea FC are reportedly keen on securing the services of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, provided they manage to overcome their ongoing transfer ban.
The west London giants are currently restricted from making any senior signings for the next two transfer windows but they can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to freeze the ban next month.
Amidst this, The Mirror reports that the Capital outfit are actively pursuing the signature of Coutinho, who could be heading through the Barcelona exit door this summer.
Coutinho only joined the Blaugrana from Liverpool 16 months ago, but he has struggled to make a strong impression especially in the league, where he managed just five league goals last term.
Moreover, he has not been able to enhance the club’s prospects of winning the Champions League and reports indicate that the Blaugrana are prepared to part with him to pursue a replacement.
At present, Chelsea need to overcome their transfer ban to pursue the attacker, and even in that case, they would have to significantly break their transfer record for the Brazilian.
The west London giants are deemed to have earmarked Coutinho as a direct replacement for the departing Eden Hazard, but he won’t come on the cheap with Barcelona said to demand the £142m fee paid to pursue him from Anfield last year.