Chelsea attempted to ‘convince’ Marc-Andre ter Stegen to ignore Barcelona offer

Chelsea attempted to persuade Marc-Andre ter Stegen to ignore Barcelona's latest contract offer.

It came about as a result of Frank Lampard trying to convince him that his future lied at Stamford Bridge.

Signing a goalkeeper had been a priority for the Blues in the summer.

That is despite making Kepa Arrizabalaga the world's most expensive stopper when he joined from Athletic Bilbao for £72m.

But a shoddy year between the sticks last term proved to Lampard he did not have what it takes.

Several players were targeted, including Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak, Lille ace Mike Maignan and Ajax's Andre Onana.

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And the Senegalese star has already taken Kepa's spot between the sticks.

However, an injury on international duty threatened to rule him out of this weekend's clash against Southampton.

But the 28-year-old appears to have made a quick recovery after immediately returning to Stamford Bridge following the issue.

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