Chelsea want Coutinho to replace Hazard at Stamford Bridge next summer

Chelsea want Coutinho to replace Hazard at Stamford Bridge next summer

- Chelsea are looking to cash-in on struggling Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho

- The west London club want to make the Brazilian midfielder as Hazard's replacement

- Coutinho was booed in Barcelona's La Liga win over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou

Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for embattled Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho as replacement for departing Eden Hazard.

Hazard is expected to join Real Madrid in the summer with new Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane making the Belgian his prime target this season.

Chelsea have placed a £100million price tag for Hazard and have already begun looking at potential replacements for their most priced asset.

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According to French media outfit Telefoot, Coutinho has been tipped by Chelsea to be their next playmaker.

The 26-year star has been unable to justify his £146million move from Premier League side Liverpool in January 2018.

He was booed by the fans when he came in as a substitute against Real Sociedad and celebrated his goal against Manchester United last week by putting his fingers in his ears.

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Barcelona are open to selling Coutinho in the summer but they want to recover in excess of £100m.

But if a move for the Brazil international fails to materialise, Chelsea are also considering a deal for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

The talented 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Manchester United Spanish stars including David de Gea, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata reportedly believe preferential treatment is being given to English players.

The Red Devils are currently planning to return to 'home-based' strategy that made them successful under Sir Alex Ferguson. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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