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The Chelsea morning headlines as Blues lead Coutinho transfer race, what could happen to Mount

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Thursday, 19th March.

Premier League meeting

Premier League clubs are meeting today to discuss plans for the rest of the season after the coronavirus outbreak saw all games in England postponed until 4 April.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for COVID-19 last week, which led to the decision to suspend all matches in the top flight temporarily.

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And now the next phase is upon us.

Officials from all 20 clubs will speak via conference call to discuss whether it will be safe to resume matches on the planned date, how to fit all fixtures in before UEFA’s suggested cut-off point of 30 June, and whether games should be played behind closed doors.

Other matters such as the financial impact of the virus pandemic will be spoken about, as clubs come to terms with what is an unprecedented period in the history of the sport.

Further talks are planned next week, but much will depend on the guidance based on government advice.

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Blues leading Coutinho transfer race

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but his future is uncertain, with reports stating that the Bundesliga side are unlikely to trigger his release clause at the end of the season.

To turn this move into a permanent one, Bayern would have to pay €110million (£103.4million).

Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates with teammate Robert Lewandowski (Image: A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern)

Could Barcelona’s asking price block a transfer to Germany for Coutinho and result in him returning to the Premier League?

Well, according to Spanish newspaper AS…

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