Chelsea are in negotiations with Philippe Coutinho’s agent as they look to land the Barcelona forward ahead of Manchester United.
Blues manager Frank Lampard was left disappointed a couple of months ago as the club failed to bolster his squad in the first market since their transfer ban was lifted.
Chelsea are set to make amends in the summer, however, by handing Lampard around £150 million to spend on new players.
Brazilian playmaker Coutinho has appeared as a top target at Stamford Bridge and the Blues are in talks with his agent over a summer transfer, according to Sport.
Coutinho impressed in the PL while at Liverpool – scoring 54 goals in 201 games for the Anfield club – before he moved to Barcelona in the winter of 2018.
His dream move to the Camp Nou hasn’t worked out, however, and the 27-year-old star was sent on a season-long loan to Bayern Munich the previous summer.
Despite his recent struggles, both Manchester United and Chelsea have expressed interest in signing Philippe at the end of the season.
But it is Chelsea who appear to be leading the race to seal a deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side prioritising a move for England starlet Jadon Sancho.
Last month, Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf warned his former club against making a move for Coutinho.
‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich,’ Frank told ESPN.
‘I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what? We have young players, very talented, who are very promising.
‘We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game. I don’t know where his place would be.
‘If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’