Goal: Barcelona 'open' to selling Coutinho as Chelsea prepare an offer
- Barcelona board consider selling Coutinho after 'disastrous' season.
- Chelsea have expressed interest as they are searching for Eden Hazard replacement.
- The London club believe that they will be allowed to make signings this window despite the transfer ban.
- There is no agreement between the sides but should the offer from the Blues come Barca board would consider it.
A report from Goal claims that Barcelona's highest hierarchy are setting up Philippe Coutinho's sale with Chelsea showing interest in the player who is supposed to replace Eden Hazard.
According to Goal, Coutinho himself prefers to stay at the Camp Nou, but after a disappointing season from the Brazilian, some members of Barcelona board are heavily in favour of selling the attacker.
As for Chelsea, the London club are currently in search for Eden Hazard replacement with the Belgian set to join Real Madrid on a deal worth 100 million euros.
Barca and Chelsea are in talks over Coutinho but, as per Goal's source, the agreement is still far away.
There is a big 'if' to the story though. The transfer ban that was upheld by FIFA last week will prevent Chelsea to sign players for two transfer windows. However, there is a realistic chance, according to Goal, that it will not be put in force if Chelsea appeal the decision in the CAS, as they plan. In this case, this summer might see one of the most active transfer campaigns by Abramovich's club, as they need to reinforce the squad for a year and a half to come.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri is yet to speak with the club bosses regarding his summer transfer demands but Barcelona are under the impression that Coutinho will be both on the club's and the manager's list. In this case, Barcelona will consider allowing their most expensive signing go.
The rumours have been linking the Brazilian and The Blues for quite some time, and now it is claimed that Chelsea are the only club to have expressed concrete interest in the player. Coutinho might consider leaving the Camp Nou as his time at Barca is certainly not the happiest of his career. He's been heavily criticized for his performances in his first full season for the Blaugrana, and while it was initially reported that returning to England was not an option, Philippe might have no choice.
Would you give up on Phil after just one season and a half?