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Thursday Hoddle of Coffee: Transfer News and Updates, June 22, 2017

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FOR CRYING OUT LOUD DOES ANYONE PAY TAXES IN SPAIN?

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Your lede today: FOR THE LOVE OF LIONEL MESSI’S STUPID BEARD DOES ANYONE IN SPAIN PAY THEIR FREAKING TAXES.

Only weeks after it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo is facing tax evasion charges in Spain and literally only one day after it was announced that Jose Mourinho is facing similar charges we learned that Angel Di Maria is now facing a heavy fine and jail time that he won’t actually have to serve because of... tax fraud.

Someone help me understand this: Why does this keep happening in Spain? Is it also widespread elsewhere but just hasn’t been investigated? Or is it a uniquely Spanish problem? And if so, why is it a uniquely Spanish problem. I AM TIRED OF READING THESE STUPID STORIES. PAY YOUR DAMN TAXES LA LIGA PEOPLE.

Anyway, transfer news:

Barça Blaugranes want to know if the club has a backup plan should the Marco Verrati move fall through.

Juve had been linked with former Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi but has apparently cooled their interest in the 28-year-old midfielder.

Liverpool had another bid for a central defender shot down as Napoli rejected a €41m bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Finally, don’t miss IBWM’s feature on the resurrection of Racing Club de Strasbourg, former French champions now set for a return to Ligue 1 after being liquidated a number of years ago.