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Coutinho £35m Everton EXCLUSIVE, Messi ‘considering 50 per cent Barcelona pay cut’


SunSport’s Charlie Wyett has revealed that Spurs have been frightened off by the potential £70million  cost of landing Brendan Rodgers.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was confident of finally getting his man, despite the Leicester chief publicly dismissing the prospect of succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho.

But the Londoners have been unable to come up with a package that would get Rodgers, 48, out of the King Power.

The Northern Irishman earns up to £10m a season with the Foxes.

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And Tottenham would need to offer a four-year contract of £12.5m a year, plus Leicester’s expected compensation demands of £20m — a similar amount to what Bayern Munich are paying former
Spurs target RB Leipzig for Julian Nagelsmann.

The Carabao Cup runners-up would also have to shell out for the ex-Liverpool manager’s backroom staff.

Rodgers — who was offered the Tottenham job by Levy in 2012 but instead went to Anfield — will now remain at the King Power.

Meanwhile, SunSport’s Ken Lawrence has reported that Philippe Coutinho will join Everton this summer in a £35million deal.

The Goodison club are so confident of the playmaker returning to Merseyside, they are already house-hunting for him.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti wants Barcelona’s former Liverpool star to form a South American dream team with Colombian James Rodriguez.

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The Brazilian, 28, has had a miserable time since leaving Anfield for Spain for £145m.

He has not played since late December thanks to a knee injury and had surgery at the start of this month and will not play again this season.

Everton want to be sure he has recovered fully before committing, but a deal is thought to have been agreed on paper.

The prognosis is said to be excellent and plans are well underway to welcome Coutinho, his wife Aine and their three children.

And finally, Fikayo Tomori has nearly blown his chance of making his loan to AC Milan permanent, according to reports.

SunSport revealed the centre-back was set to sign for the San Siro outfit for £25million at the end of the season, but after a string of costly errors Milan are said to be having second thoughts.

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Club officials believe he has ‘crumbled’ and made ‘too many errors of late’, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

In the last fortnight, Tomori handed Genoa’s Mattia Destro the equaliser in Milan’s 2-1 win.

He was also at fault during Sassuolo’s 2-1 victory at the San Siro last week, as well as in the recent 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Lazio.

Blame is being spread among the Milan squad but Tomori is reportedly considered ‘much more responsible than others’.

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