Chelsea are now said to have joined Premier League rivals Manchester United in the summer race to sign Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho.
This comes after the Brazilian admitted that he is considering leaving the reigning Spanish La Liga champions at the end of the season.
Coutinho joined the Spanish giants for a whopping £145 million just 14 months ago but things have not gone according to expectation.
The ex Liverpool star has scored just nine goals in 41 appearances this season for Barcelona and has fallen out of favor with manager Ernesto Valverde.
"I am thinking about leaving Barcelona, I know that it is a difficult decision, but it can be the best thing for my career,'' Coutinho is said to have told pals according to UK Sun.
Should Chelsea have their transfer ban postponed, then the Blues are expected to splash the cash this summer.