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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.

Chelsea plot bid to sign Barcelona star

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Chelsea are planning to make a bid for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho this summer if, as expected, Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid. 

Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid for some time and it is thought likely he will join Zinedine Zidane’s team in the summer transfer window.

Coutinho has been earmarked as a replacement by Chelsea bosses. While Coutinho hasn’t been the success hopes for since he joined Barca in January 2018 he is still highly regarded. At the same time, this relative lack of success means that the club may be prepared to sell him. That said, Barcelona would look to recoup most if not all of the initial £105 million they paid Liverpool for him.

However, this may all be academic if Chelsea fail to overturn a two-window transfer ban that UEFA slapped on them for breaking transfer rules. The Blues are appealing and hope to hear the result of that soon.

Barcelona say they will only sell Philippe Coutinho if his £355 million release clause is triggered

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Barcelona have moved to quash speculation about forward Philippe Coutinho leaving the club by saying he will only be allowed to go if a club triggers his £355 million release clause. 

Coutinho only joined Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million, but he hasn’t had the impact he or the club had hoped for – despite his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League last night. This has led to speculation that the 26-year-old could move on, with United and Chelsea both rumoured to be interested in a deal.

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken out and made clear that Coutinho remains an integral part of manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans and he will only be sold if a club meets his astronomical release clause.

Bartomeu told Spanish TV station TVE that Coutinho “will remain with the team unless [another club] meet his release clause.

This statement is designed to put potential suitors off – neither club could afford the fee – but this stance could change if Barcelona pursue a deal to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain. If that happened, then they may be tempted to listen to offers.

Manchester United in shock move for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Barcelona forward – and former Liverpool man – Philippe Coutinho this month.

Coutinho only joined Barca last January after a protracted move from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £142 million but is reportedly unsettled in the Catalan capital after not making the hoped-for impact at the club.

With that in mind, several of Europe’s giants are watching the situation closely, including Paris St-Germain, as well as Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool from the Premier League. But CaughtOffside is reporting that United have stolen a march on their rivals by making contact with Barca about a potential move for the Brazilian.

However, whether 26-year-old Coutinho would move to United is another matter. He will be well aware of the bitter rivalry between them and Liverpool and that could put him off.

Chelsea could be another destination for Coutinho, especially if Eden Hazard was to depart to Barca’s rivals Real Madrid, as has been rumoured.

Any deal for Coutinho would take a bid of more than £100 million and probably close to the fee Barca paid Liverpool, given the player is on a long contract and at the peak of his playing powers.

Paris St-Germain want Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in world record move – reports

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French champions Paris St-Germain are reported to want to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for £240 million, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo has claimed that PSG are looming for reinforcements as they bid to finally win the Champions League and have Coutinho on their radar.

A move could unite Coutinho with his international team mate Neymar, who PSG are desperate to keep happy amid rumours he may want to leave the French capital.

Mundo Deportivo claim PSG have contacted Coutinho’s agent but not Barcelona.

However, there are several major stumbling blocks to be overcome if a deal were to happen. Firstly, Barca have no intention of selling a player they only bought from Liverpool in January for £142 million. There is also a release clause of £350 million in Coutinho’s contract.

Secondly, PSG are still under investigation for Financial Fair Play breaches after they bought Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer for about £366 million – although Mbappe was only brought in on loan initially, with the deal being completed this summer.

If found guilty, PSG may have to sell one of their striking stars.

There are also reports that Neymar wants to leave, with Real Madrid said to be interested in taking him to the Spanish capital.