Barcelona is prepared to bounce back from the shock sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain by moving in on Premier League duo Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho.
Reports in the UK suggest the Catalan giants are willing to splash the world-record £198million fee for the Brazilian on their top targets.
Reeling from the loss of the Brazil superstar, Barca chiefs are bent on Hazard, 26, as a statement signing and have already asked a third party to sound out the Belgian forward over a potential move to Spain, Sun writes.
In addition to Hazard, the Catalans are also said to want Liverpool ace Coutinho in a stunning double raid on the Prem in a bid to calm the nerves at home and declare their intent ahead of La Liga and the Champions League.
It is understood that Coutinho is being lined up as Andres Iniesta’s long-term successor in midfield — not to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar on the left wing – a role that’s considered tailor-made for Hazard.
The Belgian has been a longtime target of Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid, but with the La Liga champions expected to confirm the £160m signing of Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe,Barca has now stolen in on a potential £100m deal.
Hazard’s attraction for the Catalans is two fold – he is a perfect replacement for Neymar as well as being a long term target for their bitter rivals Real.
Chelsea is expected to follow Liverpool in resisting the bid, but the Catalans are said to be confident of landing the pair before the close of transfers.