Chelsea plot to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho – if they get transfer ban overturned

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Premier League side Chelsea are considering making a move for Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho this summer – but only if they manage to get a transfer ban overturned. 

Coutinho has endured a difficult spell in Barcelona since his initial £106 million love from Liverpool in January 2018. While he has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances, he has been hampered by injury and loss of form during that time.

However, the Brazilian remains highly rated by Chelsea as they seek attacking options, with playmaker Eden Hazard widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer.

However, whether they will be allowed to make signings is unclear. Last week, Chelsea lost an appeal to FIFA against a 2-window transfer ban for contravening rules regarding the signature of young players. They are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ban remains in place as legal proceedings are ongoing.

There has so far been little interest in Coutinho from England, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, with only the Blues showing an interest.

If Chelsea could sign him, Barca would want to recoup most if not all of their initial outlay. They could be willing to sell as they contemplate making reinforcements after yet another failure to land the Champions League title after surrendering a 3-0 first-leg lead to lose 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool last week.