wow! £142 million Manchester United Coutinho target ‘wanted’ sensational Liverpool move
Reports have claimed that Manchester United target Philippe Coutinho actually wanted a return to Liverpool before he sealed a shock move to Bayern Munich.
Sold for £142 million just a few seasons ago, Coutinho has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months as reports emerged which suggested that Bayern no longer wanted him at the club, especially with the signing of Antoine Griezmann.
That led to a whole load of speculation that he could indeed make a sensational return back to the Premier League, with reports both United and Liverpool were interested in trying to acquire his services, with the Manchester club reportedly making a more firm approach.
But according to The Athletic, Coutinho’s representatives ‘made it clear’ to Liverpool that he would prefer a move back to Anfield, But Liverpool could not afford a deal for the Brazilian and opted to stay out of the chase for his services.
Jurgen Klopp is also said to have privately concluded that Coutinho would not dramatically improve his side, while he is also happy with the various attacking options he has in his squad.
‘It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it [to sign Coutinho], we have already spent the cash that we got for him,’ he told Goal.
‘We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.
‘The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.’
Coutinho leaving Bayern was the best thing for him and his career as staying at the Camp Nou would not have done his mentality any good sitting on the bench and starting an odd game here and there.
However, a move back to the Premier League would have suited him much more than one to the Bundesliga, especially since it is the best League in the world. It is just a shame that both United and Liverpool could not strike any deal.
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