Premier League giants identified Philippe Coutinho as summer’s top target

    Chelsea are preparing themselves for life after Eden Hazard as the 28-year-old seems to be on the verge of joining Real Madrid at the end of the season

    The Belgian’s departure will inject at least €100 million into Maurizio Sarri’s war chest and help facilitate the squad overhaul in the summer.

    But, replacing a player of Hazard’s caliber requires someone with a proven pedigree, which is why the Pensioners earmarked the unsettled Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho as their prime objective.

    Coutinho’s talent and quality are out of the question, and he also has an extensive Premier League experience, which makes him a perfect candidate to replace the outgoing Belgian winger.

    Still, although the 2018-19 campaign has been a turbulent one for the Brazilian playmaker, he has started to show glimpses of his class in the recent period.

    Therefore, the Catalans are willing to bet huge on former Liverpool man and keep him on board for at least one more season, which makes Chelsea’s task a difficult one to complete.

    Lille’s sensation Nicolas Pepe is reportedly named Coutinho’s backup option should the Premier League giants fail to persuade reigning La Liga holders to renounce the Brazilian’s services.

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