Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho, with Barcelona looking to offload the £142m flop this summer.
The Brazilian left Liverpool to complete a dream move to Barca in January 2018, but after failing to impress at the Nou Camp he was subsequently loaned out to Bayern Munich last summer.
While his performances have improved in Germany, it is believed the Spanish champions are still keen to sell Coutinho in the next transfer window – and Bayern are not planning on buying him outright.
Starsport understands the Blues are only interested in signing him on loan as they are currently prioritising other targets.
But if Frank Lampard does add Coutinho to his ranks, how could the 27-year-old slot into his side?
Starsport understands Chelsea are only interested in signing Coutinho on loan
Lampard has often deployed a 4-3-3 formation at Stamford Bridge this season, with Kepa Arrizabalaga still his No.1 goalkeeper despite briefly losing his place to Willy Caballero last month.
Reece James has made the right-back spot his own since returning from a loan spell at Wigan, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta has often been forced to play as a makeshift left-back.
If he joined the Blues, Coutinho could slot into a three-man midfield
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Reports suggest Chelsea are targeting a deal for Ben Chilwell this summer, nevertheless, meaning the Leicester defender could replace Azpilicueta in a back four also containing Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma.
While Coutinho is perhaps most dangerous playing off the striker, Lampard appears set on using a three-man midfield in most games.
The Brazilian could sit alongside N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in the middle of the park
The former Liverpool ace flourished in a 4-3-3 at Anfield, so he would be more than capable of doing so alongside N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in west London.