Chelsea set to make summer move for Derby County midfielder

By | April 9, 2020

Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a summer move for Derby County playmaker Max Bird.

The 19-year-old has played 13 Championship games for the Rams during the current campaign, in addition to featuring in both the EFL Cup and FA Cup tournaments.

According to Football Insider, the Blues head-coach Frank Lampard and assistant Jody Morris were hugely impressed by Bird’s performances during their time at Pride Park and now keen on to lure him at Stamford Bridge.

The report suggests that both Frank Lampard and Morris feel that the talented playmaker could become an established Premier League performer in the nearby future and are now planning to make up a summer approach.

Bird, who has largely played as a holding midfielder this term, has a deal at Pride Park until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are allegedly also keen on securing a loan deal for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho during this summer’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, Chelsea reportedly hold an interest in signing of Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng.

With both London giants having been less than impressive at the back this campaign, defensive additions are expected to be made when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

According to FootMercato, Arsenal and Chelsea have identified Germany world-cup winning defender, Boateng as a potential target.

Despite playing only 21 games in the German top-tier and Champions League this campaign, the 31-year-old centre-back has previously spoken about taking on a new challenge and Premier League though to be his favoured destination.