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Chelsea 'make contact over Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho'

Chelsea 'make contact over Philippe Coutinho'
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Chelsea make contact with the agent of Philippe Coutinho over a proposed summer move for the out-of-favour Barcelona winger, according to a report.

Chelsea have reportedly made contact with the agent of Philippe Coutinho over a proposed summer move for the out-of-favour Barcelona winger.

The 27-year-old has struggled to make a lasting impression at Camp Nou since his big-money move from Liverpool, and he has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League in recent weeks.

Coutinho has fared slightly better during his loan spell at Bayern Munich this season, registering eight goals and six assists in Germany's top flight, but the Bundesliga champions are said to be unwilling to sign the Brazil international on a permanent basis.

According to Sport, Chelsea have contacted Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian to begin negotiations, with the two parties supposedly having a strong relationship.

Recent reports have suggested that the winger could be available for £70m this summer, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Leicester City all being credited with an interest in Coutinho.

The former Liverpool man has registered 21 goals in 76 appearances for Barca since his arrival in 2018.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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