Philippe Coutinho continues to be linked with a big money move to Manchester United even though the club has never looked like signing the Brazilian playmaker.
Bookmakers have recently installed the Red Devils as second favourites to sign the former Liverpool star, and we are scratching our heads in disbelief. It may be worth using the betstar bonus code to maximise your chances of having a profitable summer.
Coutinho’s next club odds
Chelsea – 7/4
Manchester United – 5/1
Tottenham – 7/1
Liverpool – 9/1
Things didn’t quite work out for Coutinho at Barcelona following his £105m transfer from Liverpool in January 2018, so he has gone out on loan to Bayern Munich until the end of the season (if it ever reaches its conclusion).
The 27-year-old is expected to be transfer listed this summer with Bayern set to drop any interest they supposedly had to make his deal a permanent one.
United could have done with a player like Coutinho in the summer, when he was clearly available, so I don’t see any reason whatsoever to believe things will change a year later, when Bayern can’t be arsed with him anymore.
His former club, Liverpool, are 9/1 to take him back which is pretty telling. As good a player he was in the Premier League, Klopp has built a better team without him, and they were 2 wins away from being crowned league champions before games were suspended over COVID-19.
A move to Chelsea wouldn’t surprise me because Frank Lampard needs a few signings of his own and should get the chance to add to his squad this summer.
But United don’t need Coutinho right now.
What’s changed at United?
Solskjaer’s side has been transformed into a brilliant attacking unit following the arrival of Portugal international Bruno Fernandes.
A better player than Coutinho, Fernandes is a big reason I would urge United not to bother getting involved in negotiations — and we know already that Team Coutinho get busy when a move is on the cards.
Jack Grealish or James Maddison would be smart buys. Two players with something to prove and longer futures in the game. They have both stood out in the Premier League this season and would benefit massively joining a team with Fernandes in it.
Although I haven’t one name at the top of my head, Solskjaer should be in the market for a defensive midfielder. Paul Pogba could stay and I’d like to see him with Fernandes in midfield. But from a managerial perspective, Solskjaer needs to make it work like it does on paper.
I fully expect one of Grealish or Maddison to come in with the former being my favourite choice.
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