Chelsea step up plans for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho

Chelsea have expressed interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The Daily Star says Chelsea are planning for life after Eden Hazard by enquiring about Coutinho.

Hazard, 28, is likely to end his seven-year stint at Stamford Bridge this summer, with Madrid his ideal destination.

Boss Zinedine Zidane has made little secret of his desire to bring the Blues talisman to the Bernabeu once the transfer window opens.

Hazard has regularly spoken in glowing terms about Real Madrid and their recently reinstalled French manager.

Rather than try to convince Hazard to stay, Chelsea are now considering their options when it comes to replacing him.

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