Barcelona are having to brush off heightening transfer links of Coutinho leaving the club this summer, despite signing only in January 2018.
Chelsea are one of the clubs, including Manchester United and Juventus who are at the forefront of being mentioned as the next destination for the Brazilian playmaker, who cost Barcelona a record fee of £142 million.
Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu, was quoted via the Independent very clearly laying out the club and manager’s intention to keep Coutinho at the club for the long-term;
Coutinho is an excellent player and he has the coach’s confidence.”
He has a contract with us and he will remain at the team, unless they (another club) meet his release clause.”
That mentioned release clause is reportedly around £355 million, and it’s highly unlikely any club would smash the existing world-record fee for Coutinho who has certainly divided opinion since making the switch to Catalonia.
With Eden Hazard likely to depart, Chelsea would of course want to replace the Belgian with a player of the ilk of Coutinho.
Chelsea are set to appeal their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the hope is that it will lead to it being suspended until January 2020, in order for new players to come in this summer.

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