Manchester United have apparently opened talks about the possibility of signing out-of-favour FC Barcelona star, Philippe Coutinho.
That’s what CaughtOffside says in an exclusive, with the Brazil international unsettled at the Camp Nou due to a lack of playing time.
A whole host of clubs have shown an interest in signing Coutinho, but United have stolen a march on their transfer rivals, by making an early enquiry to the Catalan giants.
There is no doubting that Coutinho is a brilliant player. However, there are several reasons as to why I have major doubts about this deal happening.
First and foremost, it remains to be seen whether he’d be prepared to move to United given his Liverpool links. Plus, where would he fit in? His best performances came in the #10 role, playing slightly off to the left. That’s where Paul Pogba is doing some brilliant work right now and I don’t see both of them playing in the same team.
Then I look at United’s history with South American outfield players. Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Juan Sebastian Veron, Fred, the list goes on… We haven’t had much success when bringing in high profile players from that side of the world, so I’d certainly be wary.
Plus, Solskjaer may like him, but what if the new manager-in-waiting isn’t a fan? Then what happens? For now, I’d expect United to not do anything rash and see what materialises for now until the end of the season.