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Daily Schmankerl: Coutinho available for €80 million, Chelsea in the lead

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Barcelona has supposedly set Countinho’s price at €80 million, with Chelsea the first in line to sign him.

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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.

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

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.

OK, so it was against Bayern, but still... DAMN

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