Gary Neville has criticised Chelsea for their reported
interest in Philippe Coutinho, a deal which could break the Blues' transfer
Spanish publication Sport claimed on Wednesday that Coutinho
is 'keen' to return to the Premier League and that Chelsea 'are working on
building a team' to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.
The report added that the Blues 'have begun talks over a deal'
with Barcelona, although they 'have no intention' of spending lavish amounts.
However, the alleged £75 million fee has drawn criticism
from Neville, who thinks the timing could not be worse given senior Chelsea
players are currently in talks with the board about a wage referral.
"It's like a parallel universe," he told Sky
Sports. "(Blues captain) Cesar Azpilicueta has apparently been in talks
with the Chelsea board over the past three weeks as they’re looking for a 10/15
per cent pay cut.
"For the Chelsea players to hear in the next breath
that the club are looking to buy Philippe Coutinho for £75m ... it's like,
'what one is it?'
"If I was a player now, I'd be looking at a wage
deferral that potentially turns into a cut at a certain point in time.
"But if the club increase their budget or sign a player
for £75m, you have to pay our money first.
"I'd say 'you can't go and sign a player for £75m and
then say you can't pay us fully'."
Asked for his thoughts itself on the transfer and Neville
had a seven-word critique of the Chelsea board for pushing through with it.
"It's just illogical, it doesn't make sense," was
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