Former England international Jamie Redknapp, has warned Chelsea to terminate their plan of signing Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Barcelona player who is currently on loan to German club Bayern Munich, have reportedly been offered to Chelsea who are looking to sign him when the transfer window re-opens for a fee in excess of £70m.
But Redknapp has warned that the development of Chelsea youngster Mason Mount would be greatly affected if they succeed in signing Coutinho. He also expressed his doubts over the potential deal, claiming it would see the Blues move in a different direction to the one Frank Lampard has been moving in since he took charge at Stamford Bridge.
"I don't see this as a goer, it's an awful lot of money," Redknapp told 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 ?"