Barcelona Coutinho

Chelsea eyeing Barcelona’s Coutinho as Hazard replacement – Di Marzio

Hazard set for Madrid?

Eden Hazard may well have played his last game for Chelsea earlier this week.

The Blues beat Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final, with Hazard having dropped a major hint following the clash that he would be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.

Spanish outlet Marca have since reported that Hazard will be announced as a Madrid player after the current set of international fixtures come to a close on June 11th.

Hazard has also been seen in Spain holding a Real Madrid shirt.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Eden Hazard of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Coutinho struggles at Barca

Hazard had a superb 2018/19 season, scoring 16 and assisting 15 in 37 league outings.

So, with Hazard now likely on his way to Los Blancos, Chelsea will be faced with the mammoth task of trying to replace the Belgian.

And, according to well-respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea are eyeing Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Hazard.

However, Chelsea would only be able to sign the Brazilian if their transfer ban is overturned.

According to Di Marzio, Barcelona want around €150 million for Coutinho’s services.

That fee may be a bit steep, though, given Coutinho hasn’t had the best 2018/19 season.

In 34 La Liga outings, Coutinho managed just five goals and two assists, a very poor record for someone of his quality.

Coutinho also hasn’t really endeared himself to the Camp Nou faithful, and has even been jeered by some Barca fans.

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