Barcelona president opens talks over Philippe Coutinho swap deal

Chelsea have been offered Philippe Coutinho in exchange for Eden Hazard, which has sensationally been claimed.

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho could be on the way out of the Nou Camp after falling out of favour under Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde.
The Brazilian has failed to start a La Liga fixture since the beginning of December, prompting speculation over his future.
Manchester United have been linked with a swoop for Coutinho but reports in Spain suggest a move to Chelsea could be on the cards.

According to El Gol Digital, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has got in touch with the Blues.

And it is claimed Bartomeu proposed the idea of swap deal involving Coutinho and Hazard.
Chelsea are sweating on Hazard’s future amid his failure to put pen to paper on a contract extension.
The Belgian’s current deal expires in the summer of 2020 so Stamford Bridge chiefs could soon be forced to decide to cash in.
Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid are monitoring developments because they eager to also sign Hazard.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has warned club’s chiefs they need to sort out Hazard’s future as soon as possible.
The 27-year-old has suggested he is willing to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to sign a new contract or leave.
But, speaking last month, Sarri said: “I don’t know, but I think that it’s time to decide.”
When asked if Chelsea should sell Hazard if he refuses to extend his deal, Sarri replied: “I don’t know, but I think it’s right that the club knows the future and has the chance to program the future.”
Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool for £142m last January but the move has not turned out as planned.
He enjoyed a fine start to life at the Nou Camp but has struggled to replicate that form this term.
The resurgence of Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal’s improved displays has resulted in Coutinho dropping to the bench.
Spanish paper MARCA claim Coutinho has ‘hit rock bottom’ in recent weeks.

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