Jamie Redknapp believes that Mason Mount’s development could see Chelsea opt against signing Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The report added that the Blues ‘have begun talks over a deal’ with Barcelona, although they ‘have no intention’ of spending lavish amounts.
However, Redknapp does not think a deal to bring Coutinho to Stamford Bridge is possible at the current time.
“I don’t see this [Coutinho to Chelsea] as a goer, it’s an awful lot of money,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “Coutinho is a super-talented player but he doesn’t get enough goals.
“Chelsea have Mason Mount there and a lot of trust has been given to the young players who are coming through at Stamford Bridge. The way Chelsea have been going for the last year or so, I just don’t see them going to spend £79m on a player.
“Coutinho is talented, but why would you want to risk preventing someone like Mount, who is going to be a top-class player, having the opportunities himself?”
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has also suggested that the former Liverpool playmaker might have a future in Spain when football resumes.
“Coutinho? I like him very much,” Setien told Spanish station RAC 1 a week ago.
“He is still a Barcelona player. You have to pay the clause or a transfer fee to Barca.
“I think he can be here at the beginning of next season. I don’t know if he wants to come back or go away again, I have to talk to him to ask him.
“He is a great player, no doubt about it.”
Meanwhile, the agent of Achraf Hakimi has provided an update on the future of the defender while also ranking him alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold as the best right back in world football.
The 21-year-old is coming towards the end of a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmund after being loaned out by parent club Real Madrid and has impressed with some eye-catching performances in the Bundesliga.
He has featured 65 times for the German club in total, scoring ten goals and assisting a further 17, but the form he has shown this season in particular has alerted many to his potential. Read more…