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Barcelona rumor round-up: Neymar, Arturo Vidal and Rafinha latest

Another fresh batch of hot gossip

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Barcelona bluffing over Neymar?

Today’s rumors start with some interesting news from France where Le Parisien reckon that Barcelona might not be all that serious about signing Neymar.

The report claims that Barcelona could just be bluffing to keep Lionel Messi happy because the captain wants to see his old mate back at the Camp Nou.

Of course Neymar wants to come and is keen to leave PSG, but Barcelona may simply not be able to afford to bring him back.

PSG willing to loan Neymar

Over at Goal it’s a different story entirely. They report that PSG are willing to loan Neymar as long as the deal includes an “obligation to buy.”

The end of the transfer window is coming into sight and with no team yet willing to match PSG’s asking price it seems the club are thinking of other ways to get shot of the Brazilian.

A loan deal could be the answer and may tempt either Barcelona or Real Madrid to finally bring an end to a transfer saga that has dominated the headlines all summer.

Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona in race for Neymar

And the third and final Neymar rumor of the day reckons that Real Madrid have moved ahead of Barcelona in the race to land the PSG star.

AS report that contact between the two clubs intensified on Sunday, while PSG are a little sceptical about just how interested Barcelona are.

Bringing in Neymar is seen as a “strategic signing” and would be their second galatico of the summer, after previously splashing out on Eden Hazard.

Bayern paying 8.5m loan fee for Philippe Coutinho

Meanwhile, in Germany they have been counting up just how much Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bayern Munich will cost the Bundesliga champions.

Bild report that Bayern are paying an €8.5 million loan fee as well as the Brazilian’s €12 million salary.

If they want him permanently they will have to fork out €120m.

Vidal and Rafinha to stay at Barcelona?

And finally today we end with a couple of reports that suggest both Arturo Vidal and Rafinha will stay at the club for the season.

Sport reckon that the Chile international is completely happy at Barca, has no desire to leave and has told his agent not to listen to any offers.

A second report reckons that Rafinha could also stay after his bright performances since recovering from injury.

A deal to take him to Valencia still hasn’t been done, and the club have not ruled out the possibility of him staying even though he has just one year left on his contract.

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