Barca puts €80m price tag on Coutinho, Chelsea courting him (Evening Standard, Fussball Transfers)
Various sources have added a few hypothetical pieces to the puzzle that is Coutinho’s post-Bayern future. The Evening Standard reports that “Barcelona will consider bids of around €80 million for former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer.” That is a full €40 million less than the purchase option included in his loan contract at Bayern, but Bayern is not interested in signing the Brazilian after a lukewarm trial year.
On top of that news, Italian journalist Nicolò Schira reports that Chelsea is already engaged in talks with Coutinho’s agent.
#Chelsea are in talks to sign Alex #Telles (Porto want €40M) and #Coutinho (also Tottenham are interested in him). The good relationship with their agents Pini Zahavi and Kia Joorabchian could help #Blues to finalize the deal. #transfers #CFC— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) April 1, 2020
But Chelsea is not the only Premier League club interested in Coutinho. Besides the Blues, Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United are all interested in the Brazilian. Barca will not accept a second loan, but only a sale, so they can finance their own target transfers, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martínez and, of course, Neymar from PSG.
Bayern Munich ... back in training on Monday? (kicker)
According to Kicker, Bayern Munich players will return to Säbener Straße on Monday morning to begin group training once again; however, they will be doing it in small groups to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. The players would train in four groups of four and one group of five.
Is this safe? Maybe. Is this necessary? Not really. Does anyone really think that the Bundesliga is returning before June at the earliest?
Bayern Munich ultras honor medical workers across Munich
Bayern Munich‘s ultra groups hang banners across several hospitals in the city thanking medical staff for fighting #COVID19.— Felix Tamsut (@ftamsut) April 4, 2020
“In the front line against the virus. You are Munich’s pride! The city thanks you for your dedication. Always forward!”
Südkurve München #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/SZZ5ifwVek
The year of Robbery
Antonio Rüdiger has had enough of racist French doctors
A few days ago, two doctors on LCI in France suggested that vaccine tests for COVID-19 should take place in Africa, because “(shrug) it’s Africa.” Germany international and Chelsea defender took to his Twitter to rightfully blast the racist doctors with the hashtag #AfricansAreNotLabRats.
... a terrible statement against all the black-skinned ... How was this even allowed to be broadcasted on French TV?? #AfricansAreNotLabRats— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) April 4, 2020