It may just be the silly season but according to reports in France Brazilian magician, Philippe Coutinho may be set to leave Liverpool in a mega deal.
You would be hard pressed to find a Liverpool fan who wouldn’t be absolutely crushed if Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool.
It is being reported that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a bid worth £45 million for Liverpool’s prized asset. The lure of Champions League football and playing in a team featuring stars like Angel Di Maria could be enough to tempt Coutinho.
The news comes after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s declaration that he will be moving abroad and PSG’s intent to sign a big-name player. The window hasn’t even opened yet and it is still just under a month until it does, so it is very much peak-time silly season. As an ardent Liverpool supporter I hope that he stays as his role in the team is one of huge importance.
A deterrent for Coutinho will be that he may well lose that individual importance if he moves to a club like PSG. With stars like Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Marco Veratti it is questionable if he would even start.
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Then there is the question of the quality France’s Ligue 1. It is widely regarded as sub par with PSG walking to league titles most years. Last season, the gap between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon was 31 points. In the Premier League, that point gap separated first place and champions Leicester City and the previous year’s champions Chelsea, at 10th place.
Of course, there is always the promise of Champions League football but when the domestic league is so poor and devoid of real promise how much of a bonus is Europe’s elite?
The Brazilian midfielder is currently on international duty with Brazil ahead of Copa America so it is unlikely a deal will be thrashed out until Coutinho’s return to England. My sincere hope is that whoever is advising him has his genuine best interests at heart.
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