What Chelsea boss Frank Lampard thinks about Philippe Coutinho transfer
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is interested in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in the summer transfer window despite there being some concern about his performances during his time on loan at Bayern Munich.
According to Spanish publication Sport, Chelsea have already opened talks with Barca about signing the 27-year-old.
Coutinho had struggled to win over fans in Barcelona since joining from Liverpool for £142million in January 2018.
Barca sent the 27-year-old out on loan to Bayern at the beginning of this season but the Bundesliga club are not planning on activating the option to make the move permanent for around £100m.
However, Lampard is convinced that they can get the most out of Coutinho despite his performances for Bayern not being at the level he had previously shown while at Anfield.
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Coutinho has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this campaign.
However, despite Chelsea being interested, it appears the Blues want to explore the option of taking Coutinho on a season-long loan, rather than commit to a permanent move straight away.
Barca would like any loan move to include an obligation to buy the player at the end of the spell for just over £57million (€65m).
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However, Chelsea would prefer this to be optional and are even willing to set the fee at a higher amount as to not be obligated to buy the player.
Coutinho’s current contract with Barca keeps him at the club until 2023.
The report claims Lampard wants to see how Coutinho handles his return to the Premier League before committing to signing the player permanently.
The Chelsea boss knows the risks involved and Coutinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, even on loan, would still likely make him one of the highest-paid players in the squad.
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Negotiations are progressing well and there is optimism within the Catalan club that a deal between the two sides can be arranged before the end of June.
But Chelsea are not the only Premier League club weighing up making a loan move for the Brazilian.
The report claims, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton are also all in the race. Leicester City had also shown some interest but the high loan fees appear to have scuppered their interest.
However, Barca have also not ruled out including Coutinho in any deal with Paris Saint-Germain that would see Neymar return to the Nou Camp either.
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