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Frank Lampard 'waiting for Chelsea to sign off Philippe Coutinho deal'

Lampard 'waiting for Chelsea to seal Coutinho deal'
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Frank Lampard is allegedly waiting for Chelsea officials to push through a deal for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is allegedly waiting on club officials to finalise a deal for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Having allowed the playmaker to join Bayern Munich on loan last summer, Barcelona are known to want to part ways with the Brazil international in order to raise funds for new players.

With Bayern having no intention of signing the former Liverpool man on a permanent basis, reports have suggested that Chelsea are regarded as the favourites to secure the services of the 27-year-old.

According to Sport, Lampard is keen for the Blues board to agree the finer details of the transfer as soon as possible.

There remain conflicting reports over the nature of the deal, with a permanent transfer for a cut-price fee or an initial loan agreement said to be on the table.

Agent Kia Joorabchian has acknowledged that Coutinho is open to a return to the Premier League.

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Monday's key events

· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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