Chelsea sent transfer message about possible summer signing of creative star
Chelsea need to forget about making a move to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, because the Blues would be better off fixing their problems in other positions instead.
WE have been linked with a big money move for the Brazilian for weeks now after reports emerged suggesting that he was leaving Barcelona during the summer window, with the Premier League his preferred destination.
Recent reports have even suggested that we have been offered the chance to sign Coutinho at the end of the season for a fee of around £70 million, which is well below the £137 million that Barcelona paid Liverpool just a few seasons ago.
But Speaking on ESPN, Craig Burley explained that he feels the squad is lacking both in defence and attack and should forget about spending so much money on trying to sign Coutinho.
“I’m not sure if this is a go-er, exactly,” he said. “They’ve got a handful of playmakers already, albeit more natural wide players.
“Mason Mount made a big impact in a short period of time after playing in the Championship just 12 or 18 months ago.
“If I was able to get Philippe Coutinho in my team, would I take him? Yes, I would.
“But it’s going to come down to finances, budget, and it’s going to come down to what Frank Lampard needs more.
“What positions does Lampard really feel Chelsea need the most?
“First and foremost, that’s a frontman. Then you might look at a centre-half.
“If this deal can be done at the right price, there is potential. But I think Chelsea’s problems are in other positions.”