Paris Saint-Germain could be preparing an audacious bid for Philippe Coutinho after failing with a £22 million bid in the summer.
£22 million? Seriously? That’s just insulting. When you consider the financial pull that Paris Saint-Germain has it’s really just offensive that they wouldn’t offer anything over £30 million.
Of course, Le10 sport report that the French club could return with an improved bid of £60 million in January. Considering how important Philippe Coutinho is to Liverpool, I can’t see Jurgen Klopp going for this.
In today’s transfer market, £60 million isn’t worth what it was. God, I sound old. But in all seriousness, money in football is just silly. In 2014, Liverpool sold Luis Suarez for £75 million and that doesn’t come close to expressing his true value. This summer, Manchester United bought Paul Pogba for £89 million and the Frenchman has looked to be struggling with his immense price tag.
While I’m not suggesting that Coutinho is close to Suarez as far as his contribution to Liverpool goes, but Fenway Sports Group could stand to lose a lot if they don’t bother demanding silly money for Coutinho.
What’s to say he would even want to move to Ligue 1? France’s premier football division is far from glamorous and doesn’t come close to comparing to the Premier League. You could argue that PSG has the draw of Champions League football and world-class players, but Liverpool may well have both come the 2017/18 season.
Also, speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the Brazilian said, “Liverpool feels like my home,” Coutinho said.
“I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people.
“It’s an amazing city. I enjoy going to the cinema with my wife and to restaurants in town.
“The supporters are very nice. Hearing people singing my name, it inspires me. The fans here make me feel amazing.
“They give all the players confidence. They are there for us in every game.”
So, if Coutinho is so settled at Liverpool, then why would he leave? He wouldn’t. All indications point to Coutinho being happy at Liverpool and his success under Jurgen Klopp is further reason to stay.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s struggles under Unai Emery are proof that just because a player is playing well at one club, it doesn’t mean that form will transpose onto a new setting with a new team and with a different tactical system.
So, all in all, nothing to worry about. Phil loves Liverpool and Jurgen loves Phil.
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