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Frank Leboeuf urges Chelsea to NOT sign £80m Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as he’s ‘not a top player’ like Messi or Ronaldo

Chelsea have been urged not sign Philippe Coutinho for the steep asking price of £80million by former defender Frank Leboeuf.

The Blues are one of a number of Premier League clubs linked with a move for the Barcelona forward.

Philippe Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich
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Coutinho has struggled to settle with the LaLiga side since his transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

They look certain to offload the 27-year-old in the summer with Chelsea reportedly already holding secret talks with his representatives.

Leboeuf, who played more than 200 games for the club, thinks the £80million asking price is far too high.

Leboeuf told ESPN: “Well, to be 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 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. 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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