Manchester United’s name keeps getting brought up in connection with a move for Brazil international Coutinho.
Rumours have floated around for over a year now and seemingly with very little substance.
More than anything it is likely down to Barcelona trying to drum up interest in a flop signing who has not delivered on the staggering £142 million they spent on him in 2018.
Marca this week name-checked United as a possible destination for Coutinho.
Here are three reasons why it’s a total non-starter…
The Liverpool factor
This is the biggest point to note with Coutinho, and reason enough not to take rumours seriously.
SkySports reported last summer that Coutinho would never sign for United out of respect for his former club.
Even last year in the Champions League he said winning against United would be important for his ‘personal satisfaction’ as a Liverpool player [Mirror].
United fans would not take to him, and he seemingly isn’t keen either. That should be the end of it.
The price required to sign Coutinho is not sensible from United’s perspective.
Barcelona would still want to recoup half the fee they paid for him, and that’s not a sensible move to make for a player who turns 28 in June.
Money is better off diverted into signing a winger, defensive midfielder or striker, not a luxury player.
Is he good enough?
This follows on from the previous point, Coutinho is not good enough to get into United’s XI.
He would only be a back-up to Bruno Fernandes, and United simply won’t pay a high amount for an expensive substitute on high wages.
He has also failed at Barcelona, is an inessential part of the Bayern squad, and Liverpool have not exactly missed him much either.
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