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Barcelona Send Message To Chelsea Over Coutinho Transfer



Philippe Coutinho

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have sent a strong message to London club Chelsea and others over former Premier League player Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian international star was on the payroll of Premier League title challengers Liverpool before he left the Merseysiders to join Barcelona last year but he has endured a frustrating time in Spain.

His struggles with Barcelona has prompted talks of a possible move back to the Premier League with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United.

French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are also interested in the 26-year-old playmaker.

Barcelona, through club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, warned the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, off Philippe Coutinho.

According to Bartomeu and Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho is not for sale.

Recent reports claim that Chelsea are targeting the former Inter Milan star as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues forward Eden Hazard.

Belgian international Hazard could join the Los Merengues this summer in a deal that could be worth as much as £100m and Chelsea have lined up Coutinho as his replacement.

The Brazilian international attacker has scored just four goals and provided two assists in the colours of Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this term.

He has failed to live up to his hefty price tag (£142m) this season.