Chelsea line up move for €160m-rated Eden Hazard replacement

Chelsea are preparing for life after Eden Hazard as it is reported that they have lined up potential replacements for he Madrid-bound attacker.

Top on the lists of potential targets to replace Hazard is former Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho. Spanish tabloid, Marca, reports that Chelsea are perfecting a move for the Brazilian should their two-window transfer ban be overturned.

Since Coutinho’s move in the summer of 2018, he has failed to replicate the form which saw him become the best Liverpool player by a margin. He is in the bad books of the Spanish media who have been quick to tag him ‘thefirst £100m flop’ since joining the club.

Coutinho will cost a fortune as Barcelona are looking to recoup the vast sum of money they spent in signing the attacker from Liverpool. It is reported that the Catalans want a fee in the region of €160 million in exchange for their 2018 marquee signing.

Similarly, Chelsea have told Madrid to stump up a fee around £112m for their star man but the Spanish club are quite reluctant at the moment.

Hazard’s contract with Chelsea runs until the summer of 2020 but he was seen posing with a Madrid shirt last week and that singular move has spewed fuel on a possible move to Spain this summer.

The Belgium international recorded 21 goals and 17 assists last term.

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