Coutinho opens door to £100m deal after announcement as Willian has Hazard Chelsea message for fans

Chelsea transfer target Philippe Coutinho has failed to rule out a summer move away from Barcelona.

Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona just over a year ago, but so far has failed to replicate the form he produced at Anfield at the Nou Camp and there has been a lot of transfer speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League at the end of the season.

We were desperate to add a replacement for Eden Hazard, who is seemingly set for a summer move to Real Madrid, and had out sights set on a possible deal for Coutinho, seeing how impressive he was in the Premier League during his time with Liverpool

Several Barcelona stars have offered their backing to Coutinho over the months, but the playmaker fuelled speculation of a move away after Barcelona beat Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

He said on the TMW website: ‘In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well. But I still want to improve.

‘I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds. I am happy with my performance today.’

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has never talked about a possible move to Real Madrid, claims team-mate Willian.

Hazard has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu all season with reports on his impeding departure from the club in the headlines on a regular basis, especially after he admitted that it would be a dream to play for the Spanish giants.

But Willian insists Belgium international Hazard is not allowing his mind to wander, telling the TalkSport website: “No doubt, he’s focussed here. He’s never said something about Real Madrid or stuff like this. He just wants to continue to play for Chelsea.”

“I hope he stays with us. But in football you never know what can happen.

“Of course, Eden is a fantastic player, one of the best players in the world. He’s my friend, one of the best players I’ve played with in my whole career.

“I just have to say I hope he stays with us. That’s it.”

 

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