That’s why the London side may turn their sight to Camp Nou and make a run at one of Barcelona’s most disappointing signings of the decade: Philippe Coutinho, who’s eager to leave Spain and make a comeback to England.
According to The Mirror, Maurizio Sarri’s squad will try and pursue the Brazilian playmaker in case Eden Hazard completes his long overdue move to Real Madrid in the summer, as expected.
Coutinho has struggled ever since stepping foot at Camp Nou since his controversial move from Liverpool at the start of 2018, drawing a lot of criticism at Spain for his poor outings all year long.
Moreover, his recent celebration after scoring a goal against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League’s quarterfinals did little to hush his doubters, including his manager Ernesto Valverde.
So, with Eden Hazard most likely heading out the door and joining Real Madrid in the summer, the Blues are going to dig deep in the market to try and find a guy capable of taking them to the top, even amid Christian Pulisic’s arrival.
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If they can’t land Coutinho, Chelsea are likely to make a run at Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, one of the most impressive players throughout the season, who’s also being followed by Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City.
The 23-year-old is quite a different player to Coutinho, though as he’s more of a vertical kind of winger, rather than a guy capable of controlling the pace of the game and creating for others, so perhaps he’d be a more natural replacement for Hazard.