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No offers or ‘expressed interest’ yet from any club for Philippe Coutinho — report

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Good news everyone!

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Philippe Coutinho has been linked extensively with Chelsea in the last few weeks, with those rumors helping to somewhat fill the football-shaped void in our lives during these quarantine days (but doing a terrible job of it).

The story goes that Barcelona want to cut their losses on their ill-advised investment in the former Liverpool midfielder, and Chelsea might be willing to bail them out since we’re probably not going to be able to get Jadon Sancho (he’s either staying at BVB or going to Manchester United, they say). Barca are growing desperate enough to take a 50 per cent hit to the net spend on the player, though that would still mean a transfer fee in the region of €80m, which would still be quite ridiculous for the soon to be 28-year-old long-shot merchant.

Fortunately, we have a report from Marca that breaks the chain of echoes going around the media that’s been nudging Coutinho ever closer to Chelsea. The Madrid-based outlet claims that “no club to have officially expressed an interest for the time being” and “none” of the five Premier League teams linked have made an offer. In addition to Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester, and Manchester United have all been named-dropped before.

Hurray!