Lampard urged not to waste money on Coutinho

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Phillipe Coutinho was a top player when playing with Liverpool, but the Brazilian has struggled since his big money move to Barcelona. After failing to impress with Barca, Coutinho also had a time to forget with a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but former Blue Frank Leboeuf has warned the Chelsea boss not to waste money on the Brazilian.

He told ESPN: “Well, to be really honest, and frank, no [Chelsea should not sign him].

“I think Coutinho is a good player and I’m not even trying to be harsh on him, I think I want to find Barcelona guilty for the situation because they put a price on Coutinho who I think doesn’t belong to that league.

“Now it’s hard to reverse the system, it’s hard to think that you can even the price and accept to lose like £65m for a transfer.

“I think Coutinho is a good player and I’m not even trying to be harsh on him, I think I want to find Barcelona guilty for the situation because they put a price on Coutinho who I think doesn’t belong to that league. ‘Now it’s hard to reverse the system, it’s hard to think that you can even the price and accept to lose like £65m for a transfer.

“But if you check on the quality of Coutinho, of course he is a talented player, of course he is a good player, but does he belong to the top, top players? Allow me to have some doubts about that. ‘When I see Neymar, when I see [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when I see [Lionel] Messi, when I see [Kylian] Mbappe, I see top, top players.

“Coutinho has a price of a top, top player and I don’t want to make a statement but I’m not sure he has the quality of a top, top player.”

Leboeuf thinks that the risk associated with Coutinho is too high as he added: “How do you reverse the system?

“How do you put Coutinho in a team and how do you rate him now?

“You talk about Chelsea, ready to [pay] £80m. I think it’s too much for a player where you’re not sure he’s going to find the level he was, he used to be, at Liverpool and is not anymore

“That’s why I think Coutinho shouldn’t go to Chelsea because there is no room for him and I think it is too much to spend for a player where we don’t know the standard.”

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