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Barcelona trying to stoke Chelsea interest with hilariously large €30m loan fee for Philippe Coutinho — reports

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Desperate times, desperate measures ... or just desperation

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The one thing that is eminently clear is that Barcelona do not want Philippe Coutinho. But they also do not want to see their ridiculous outlay of €160m for the former Liverpool midfielder go completely to waste, and so numbers like a €90m asking price are getting thrown about — or, the latest from Sport (via Sport Witness), a €30m loan fee with an option to buy.

€30m! Loan fee! We’ve heard of the coronavirus affecting people’s sense of smell, but surely no one’s lost their common sense to the extent that would be need to actually pay any of those fees!

But Spanish media soldier on, doing Barca’s work for them. AS continue to claim that Coutinho has plenty of potential suitors for the summer, naming the same four that recent reports in the English media had been talking up: Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and, of course, Chelsea. AS say that out of these four options, Coutinho likes Chelsea the best.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Sport claim that they only have “evidence” of Chelsea’s interest (for a loan), and that even Coutinho’s current loan-club, Bayern Munich, are out of the picture already. So in demand it hurts!

Let’s hope we’re not too bored during this unscheduled and lengthy break that we’d do something as stupid and silly as pay any of these outrageous fees.