Chelsea have rejected a formal approach from Internazionale for Frank Lampard and have told the Italian champions that they will not discuss the transfer of the midfielder.
Lampard is Inter’s top summer target after former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was appointed coach of the Serie A champions.
Mourinho had previously admitted that Nerazzurri might have to wait until next summer to sign the 30-year-old, who only has 12 months remaining on his contract.
However, an approach has been made to Chelsea, but the Premier League club have dismissed the enquiry and do not plan to sell Lampard.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has received an official approach from Internazionale to discuss the possible transfer of Frank Lampard,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“Contrary to reports no financial offer was made.
“Chelsea FC has informed Inter this morning that we will not enter into any discussions regarding the transfer of Frank Lampard.”
The former West Ham United midfielder has been in talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge, but has yet to reach an agreement.
Should he fail to agree a new deal with Chelsea before then, Lampard would be free to leave the club without his new club paying a fee.
That appears to be reflected in Inter’s valuation of the midfielder, with reports suggesting they were preparing a relatively modest £6.5m bid.
The recent arrival of Deco from Barcelona has increased speculation that Lampard could be reunited with Mourinho at Inter.