According to a fresh report from the Daily Star, Chelsea lead Tottenham in the race to land Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.
After Barca slapped a £10m loan fee on the head of the Brazilian, a transfer scramble is set to begin as Premier League clubs look to land Coutinho.
However, despite Spurs being open to paying the fee and wages for Coutinho, it is now claimed Chelsea are in pole position to land the Brazilian.
Frank Lampard is desperate to bring in some new players this summer. Having worked under a transfer ban for the majority of his spell in charge of the Blues, he’s now keen to strengthen.
And adding Coutinho would indeed strengthen the ranks. Despite his Barcelona struggles, the former Liverpool man is a proven commodity in the Premier League.
Coutinho has spent the last 18 months with Bayern Munich but the German club have opted against making his loan deal a permanent one.
A case of who can stump up the money first it seems – TBR View
The ongoing saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho continues to rumble into another weekend.
At the moment, it looks like being a case of who wants to front up the cash first. Barcelona wants him gone and there’s no shortage of suitors for the Brazilian maestro.
He’d be brilliant for both Spurs and Chelsea, you’d assume. Coutinho is a massive talent and one recognised by his peers, too. Indeed, Bayern midfielder Thiago described him as a ‘phenomenon’ when talking about a potential Bayern stay previously.
If Chelsea can land him, then they’re chances for next season are instantly boosted.