Daily Mail claimed that Liverpool and Chelsea are set to battle for the Put Pen to paper of Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.
The 22-year-old, who signed the Cherries for an initial price of £6m, was sidelined with a severe knee injury until last month but that hasn’t put off possible suitors.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea are controlling his situation and will consider a bid “should he prove his form and fitness this season.”
Lewis Cook has made 60 games for the south-coast side since transferring to the Vitality Stadium in 2016 from Leeds United. Having healed from a knee injury, the central midfielder is trying to regain his spot in Eddie Howe’s team.
Given that Cook has a deal until the end of the 2021-22 season, Bournemouth are in no hurry to sell the talented midfielder. Even if he has a long-term agreement at Bournemouth, as aforementioned, both the Blues and the Reds will only consider tabling a suggestion should Cook show his form and fitness.
Frank Lampard’s side were stung with a two-window ban by FIFA for breaking the rules regarding the registration of Under-18 players.
As things stand, no new faces can be move to Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2020. Happily for Frank Lampard, he already has a collection of talents at his disposal and one of the deepest line-ups around from to operate this battle.
The transfer embargo has been something of a blessing in disguise for the Chelsea, as Lampard has gained approvals for constructing a new-look team around promising young English talents such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori. And Lewis Cook would well fit the Blues manager’s philosophy.
Cook has just recovered from a serious ACL injury and is hoping to settle soon and play regularly for the Cherries. He has four plays so far since coming back.
Young prospect is a central midfielder who has passing skills, flair and beautiful technique. His ability to find teammates correctly, be it over a short-range or a long one, makes him such an impressive prospect to have in the middle of the park.
22-year-old works tirelessly off the ball and can perform magic at any moment when he has the ball at his feet. He thrives on threading through balls to his team-mates.
The former Leeds United star can beat a man while venturing forward while knowing the art of breaking the opposition’s play.
If Cook confirms his form and fitness over the season, Chelsea must do everything possible to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side to his signature in the summer of 2020.