Officialt statement release as Chelsea close in on Lampard and Liverpool legend opens door for £100m deal

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp not to pave the way for Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho to return to Anfield this summer

The Brazilian has not made the impact that many expected since his move from Liverpool, and reports in the Spanish press have claimed that he could be sold at the end of the season, especially after the Champions League semi-final loss to the Reds.

We were looking at the Brazil international in a cut-priced deal, but any move for Coutinho would mean the Blues’ transfer ban would have to be frozen or lifted.

Klopp knows that he needs to splash the cash in the coming transfer window in order to keep the club moving forward, and despite many fans hating Coutinho leaving for Barcelona, the Brazilian is a creative force.

But Aldridge doesn’t want him at Liverpool and has urged Klopp not to make a summer move for the Brazilian.

“Coutinho left on a sour note as he forced his way out of the club and while he is a great player, I don’t think Liverpool should blow their transfer budget on bringing him back,” Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World.

“None of us have forgotten that Coutinho left Liverpool in a difficult position when he jumped ship mid-way through the season, so we should not give him a simple route back to play for the European champions.

“We all trust Klopp in whatever decisions he makes, but I think adding attacking a top quality attacking option would be the way forward this summer.”

Meanwhile, Derby have officially announced that  we are free to open talks and agree a deal to bring Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is one of the clubs most iconic players after spending 13 successful years as a player, winning pretty much every top trophy that there is available in the game.

And now Derby have given the club permission to speak to Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

A statement issued by Derby said: “Derby can confirm they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions. The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”

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