Gossip: Coutinho claims, Ozil approach, Toure off

Date published: Wednesday 25th October 2017 11:55 - Daniel Storey

Yes, more. The Spanish press really do not have any upper limit on the amount of guff they are prepared to speak about Philippe Coutinho.

Firstly, Mundo Deportivo reckon that Barcelona have held talks with Coutinho’s agent and want to get a deal done in January. The paper also believe that Liverpool have told Barcelona that they want £135m for Coutinho and not a penny less. Hmmm.

Don’t think that that is the end of the guff, though. Oh no. For Sport write that Liverpool are willing to sell Coutinho because the relationship between him and Jurgen Klopp has deteriorated completely.

They also claim that Klopp threatened to walk out of his job as Liverpool manager if Coutinho was sold. Which is ballsy.


Now we’re not saying that the Manchester Evening News have enjoyed Mesut Ozil being linked to Manchester United, but we’ve read about 427 different headlines about his potential move. Every time Ozil so much as strains to fart, the MEN are there to get the reaction from inside the Arsenal camp. That isn’t a euphemism.

Today brings a classic example of MEN work. ‘Manchester United stance on Arsenal star Mesut Ozil confirmed,’ the headline reads. And what is that stance? That they haven’t made a move, but might.

For your information, when the MEN says ‘confirmed’, what they actually mean is ‘we believe’. In our experience they are very different things.


To the Daily Star now, and when they aren’t creating disgraceful front pages they’re telling us about where Yaya Toure is going next.

Toure actually signed a new contract in June to add a further year to his stay at Manchester City, but has hardly been used by Pep Guardiola. He’s backup for the backup, and even Ilkay Gundogan’s constant injuries haven’t afforded Toure much of a chance outside the EFL Cup.

The Star reckon that Toure will join New York City at the end of the season, which makes sense given that a) they are City’s sister club, and b) Andrea Pirlo has just retired. They need someone to move slowly about the midfield and take set pieces.


There really isn’t any. And that doesn’t make us sad.

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