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Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has urged Blues boss Frank Lampard to save his cash rather than spend it on Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign the Brazilian, who has struggled to impress since his £140 million move to Barcelona.
Leboeuf 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.
“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.
“And now, 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] £80million, £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.”