Lampard has message for new signing Pulisic and Agent opens up on possible Chelsea deal for Coutinho

Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho has not held talks with Paris Saint-Germain amid speculation about his future at Barcelona.

The Brazilian has struggled to live up to his enormous price tag in a disappointing season for the Catalan club, who will try to cash in on their £142m signing to fund a big summer overhaul.

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And after reports emerged which claimed that Barcelona were open to the idea of letting Coutinho leave, clubs starting making moves to try and nail down his signature over the course of this transfer window.

His agent Kia Joorabchian told Sky Sports: “Paris Saint-Germain are a great club, but we have had no contact about Philippe with them whatsoever.

“We’ve never had a conversation with them about Philippe and we know them very well. It’s never been in consideration.

“It’s something that if it comes to the point that Barcelona would like Philippe to leave then we would do what is best for him.”

Joorabchian added: “Coutinho has never spoken about leaving. At the moment we are extremely calm and haven’t gone out to get an offer because we’ve been told categorically that he is not for sale.

“But Liverpool lies very deeply in his heart, he has a strong affinity with the club so it would be difficult for him to go to one of their direct rivals.”

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has praised new signing Christian Pulisic for returning to Pre-season training ahead of schedule.

Pulisic is regarded as one of finest wingers in Europe football right now and has become one of the most eye-catching players in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons, alerting a number of clubs to his ever-growing potential.

Pulisic ended the campaign with Dortmund and linked straight up with the United States national side for their Gold Cup campaign, but after failing to help the USA lift the title, he immediately set his sights on heading to us to link-up with his new team.

Christian joins us on Tuesday,’ Lampard told Goal. ‘He’s had a short break, but he wanted to get back with us quickly, which I certainly appreciate.‘I appreciate that [coming to pre-season early after the Gold Cup], it’s how I would have been.

‘It’s a big move for him to a huge club. He’s a top young player. He’s only going to go one way in terms of his career – he’s going to go up and be a big signing for Chelsea. I hope so. I look forward to working with him.

‘It’s important we start the season as well as we can. I know we have injuries, people back at Cobham now that are influential players for us at similar positions, so we’ll need him.’


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