Transfer rumours, unless corroborated by sources with genuine ties to one of the clubs involved, are usually a crapshoot; a mishmash of educated guesses and more or less reasonable assumptions that, for all the traffic and conversation they generate, only have any actual substance to them in less than five percent of cases.
We gobble them up nonetheless, of course, because we are thirsty little content fiends, but, here at TLO, at least, we do our best to add context and caveats where necessary, in order to provide out readers with a comprehensive understanding of the situation at hand.
Occasionally, though, one comes along that doesn’t even deserve that level of respect, and we just laugh and laugh.
According to El Nacional, Jürgen Klopp is on Joan Laporta’s list of candidates to replace the soon-to-be-departing Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman has essentially been daring the club ownership to sack him with his public comments, following a sluggish start to the season that sees Barcelona sitting eighth in La Liga. The three-man shortlist reportedly also includes Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Al Sadd coach and club legend Xavi.
One of these is not like the others.
Listen, we’re sure Barca would like to have Klopp as their manager. Literally who wouldn’t?! But the notion that one of the two or three best paid coaches in the world, comfortable and established in a long-term tenure that has not only already yielded success but also appears to have a bright present and future with players he has bonded with and helped develop, would give all that up for a club that — while undoubtedly one of the most significant institutions in club football — has been financially mismanaged to the point that their players — the ones that didn’t simply sign elsewhere because of the club’s inability to fulfill financial obligations — had to take pay cuts this season despite losing their greatest player of all time and best footballer on the planet, is absurd.
Ronald Koeman has to go. That much is abundantly clear. But as of right now, Jürgen Klopp is not within Barcelona’s reach. Not even close.