The international break is back, and so are the rumors! This time it’s Spanish publication Sport claiming that the Catalan giants are back for Philippe Coutinho, this time to the tune of £106 million (€120 million).
The paper, however, was unclear whether that is £106 million in actual cash money, or a large bag of salted peanuts plus £106 million if Coutinho wins the Nobel Prize in physics in the same year as winning the Ballon d’Or.
Although a new bid for Coutinho is expected, if not in January, certainly next summer, it is hard to give much credence to the validity of these reports given the track record by Spanish publications covering the saga thus far.
That said, if this is £106 million in guaranteed money, plus achievable add-ons, it might start getting us closer to the point where Liverpool consider a deal. This is doubly true if Barcelona negotiated in good faith, offering a reasonable fee prior to, or at the beginning of, the transfer window, and not playing the entire shitshow out through pro-Barca publications. The constant rumors—this one very much included—indicates that their tactics haven’t changed one bit.
Alternatively, we could just sell to PSG.