Why Manchester United won’t move for Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window
Man Utd have been linked with an audacious move for former Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the transfer window.
We’re only a week into the January transfer window, and we’ve already had perhaps the most ridiculous transfer rumour of them all.
Reports broke on Monday suggesting Manchester United could make a move for former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho this month.
Yes that’s right, United. The team who have already confessed business is unlikely this month, who don’t have a permanent manager in place, and who need to desperately sign a centre-back. Other than that, all good.
Firstly it is important to note the gossip first emerged in the wake of another Barcelona win at the weekend, a victory for which Coutinho started on the bench amid growing frustration with his move to the Nou Camp.
The 26-year-old, who cost a staggering £142m last January, is still not an established first-teamer at Barcelona and has recently lost his place to Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Demebele in recent weeks.
So perhaps it is understandable to link the midfielder with a move away to United, particularly when they are the biggest side in the world who could actually make a move.
Real Madrid are out of the discussion by association while PSG have their own financial conundrums to worry about.
But, even if Coutinho was available would a move to United really appeal?
As previously mentioned the Brazil international is not needed. While he is an exceptional talent the case for a new defensive signing has been long called for, and United can not afford to be distracted yet again.
Equally, the midfielder plays his best football in two positions United have covered already. Anthony Martial is the best left winger at the club and has Alexis Sanchez for support, while Paul Pogba is the left-sided midfielder and is loving life at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sheepishly admitted he would have ‘input’ on any additions made this move, but even an attacker like him will knows the key to success this season lies with reinforcing his defence. Coutinho would be a luxury buy, and it isn’t best advised to get a new carpet fitted when you’ve already got a leaky roof.
Elsewhere we have the obvious Liverpool connection.
While it would be fantastic to see the Anfield faithful riled by such a transfer, what would such treachery say about the asset United would be theoretically attaining? Would Solskjaer really wish to taint such improved squad harmony with a player disloyal to a club who admittedly revived his stagnant career?
Furthermore on that point Liverpool also get financial benefits from any such resale and any transfer fee would indirectly be funding Jurgen Klopp’s title charge this season, no thanks
But lastly, why on earth would a club like Barcelona wish to sell a prized asset like Coutinho? Sure, he might not be the same alien talent as Lionel Messi, but this is a player with an incredible pulling power worldwide.
It feels like Coutinho is at the same crossroads Pogba was only months ago. For Barcelona the solution is to embrace the phenomenal talent they have in their possession, not sell him to the highest bidder going.Coutinho, the wild fling was fun, but it’s time to part ways.
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