I know it is hard work ploughing through most of the nonsense that passes for ‘in the know’ information but that is certainly one that doesn’t stack up.
In this age where information is circulated at such a pace, once a nonsense story is set in motion it takes on a life of its own, no matter that it is entirely made up and its very basis doesn’t make any rational sense.
Just like when Newcastle United are linked with ageing Chelsea players who would command no potential resale value and be expecting massive wages, the very antithesis of what Mike Ashley’s stated policy is in the transfer market.
Is Yohan Cabaye good enough to play for Barcelona?
I would say probably yes, and indisputably good enough for at least their bench, but the rest of the story hardly adds up.
So Barcelona pay £35m for the likes of Fabregas but would expect to pick up somebody good enough to play alongside him for £8m?
Especially when that player (Cabaye) is under contract until 2016 and has just proved a massive success in his first English Premier League season.
There is a saying that if a lie is repeated enough times then it people come to believe it, not in this case they don’t.