Chelsea eye Coutinho swap deal

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Barcelona are reportedly prepared to offload Brazil star Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea for a much-reduced price along with two players as part of the deal.

Despite becoming the Catalan giants' record signing after joining from Liverpool in 2018 for £142-million, Coutinho's time in Spain has been hampered by his inability to settle into the club's playing style.

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Although his loan move to Bayern Munich in 2019, has seen him regain some of the form that made him a Premier League superstar, the German giants are unwilling to sign him permanently.

With Chelsea set to strengthen their squad for next season, the Blues have kept an eye on the 27-year-old, despite strong links to a Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid.

Kai Havertz, 21, who could cost around £75-million, would be nearly double Coutinho’s cut-price set at £44.5-million according to Spanish publication, Sport.

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The report added that the Blaugrana has also requested that along with the fee, that two defenders be included as part of the transfer to lure the Brazilian back to England.

Left-backs Emerson Palmieri, and Marcos Alonso and France international defender Kurt Zouma have been touted as the three players made available for moves by manager Frank Lampard.

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