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Chelsea eye Coutinho as Hazard replacement

If Eden Hazard has played his last Premier League appearance for Chelsea, then the club may have already identified his replacement.

The Belgian has been widely linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, with some reports suggesting that he may already have agreed personal terms with them. The player himself has been non-committal on the subject, insisting that his sole focus is on winning the Europa League with Chelsea.

However, if he does leave, then the man to fill his boots could be Phillipe Countinho, a familiar face in England from his time at Liverpool. The 26 year old Brazilian left Anfield for Barcelona for an initial fee of £105 million last January, but has failed to justify the fee during his time at the Nou Camp, and the Catalans may be ready to sell him already.

This is, of course, dependent on Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) succeeding, as they are currently facing a two window transfer ban, imposed on them by FIFA for the illegal transfer of players aged under 18.

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