Chelsea signing Philippe Coutinho for £75m would leave Blues stars fuming – Gary Neville

Gary Neville says Chelsea’s stars would be fuming if the club spent £75m on Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho while they’re in talks over taking a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Express Sport understands Chelsea players, led by skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, have been in talks with the club over taking a 10 per cent pay cut with football postponed due to coronavirus.

While Chelsea’s stars have been locked in talks, the Blues have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona’s Coutinho.

It’s claimed the Blues have been offered Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, and he could cost around £75m.

And Manchester United hero Neville says Chelsea moving for Coutinho while cutting wages would be illogical.

The pundit added Chelsea’s stars would be well within their rights to ask for their wages back if Coutinho did join.

When asked about mammoth transfer fees being discussed despite players taking pay cuts, Neville said on Sky Sports’ Football Show: “It’s like a parallel universe.

“Azpilicueta is apparently in talks with the Chelsea board over a 10 or 15 per cent pay cut.

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“Then to hear on the next breath, if you’re a Chelsea player looking at a pay deferral or cut, about them looking to buy Coutinho for £75m, they’ll be thinking ‘well which one is it?’.

“If I was a player in a dressing room, I would look at a deferral that turns into a cut at a certain point in time.

“But if the club increase their transfer budget or sign a player for £75m, you have to pay our money first.

“They can’t say they can’t pay players then go and spend £75m on a player. It’s just illogical, it doesn’t make sense.”

Brazil international Coutinho has struggled to impress since quitting Liverpool in 2018.


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And Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Jamie Redknapp agrees that Coutinho to Chelsea doesn’t make sense, with the Liverpool hero claiming Frank Lampard should stick with Mason Mount.

Redknapp added: “I don’t see this one as a goer. It’s an awful lot of money.

“I really like him, he’s an extremely talented player but he doesn’t get enough goals.

“They’ve got Mason Mount there too. Frank’s obviously given a lot of trust in the young players and they’ve come through.

“Willian and Pedro are out of contract this summer but I just don’t see them spending £79m on a player, especially with the way the club’s been run in recent years.

“When you’ve got Mason Mount coming through, why would you want to risk him not having the opportunities? He’s a top player himself.”

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