Philippe Coutinho is reportedly available but it makes little sense for Liverpool if Kai Havertz is available.
Sport claim that Barcelona will offload Coutinho this summer. They say that Bayern Munich may pay the €120m (£103m) clause to sign him. If they don’t, then the Catalonians hope they can use Coutinho’s exit to help sign a new star.
They then mention both Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain as potential destinations.
It would certainly be newsworthy if Liverpool did re-sign Coutinho. He was a star player for them, after all, and became one of the very best around while at Anfield.
A reunion wouldn’t make much sense, however. If Barcelona want something in the region of £103m, then Liverpool could spend that money far better. Firstly, on a player who fits the current system better or more importantly, on someone younger.
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Coutinho will be 28 in the summer, making him roughly the same age as the current crop. While it would help the next couple of years, he’d simply be another player they’d need to replace in three years time.
Taking that into consideration, Havertz would make a lot more sense – if reports are true.
The Independent claimed last month Liverpool are interested in Havertz. They also mention a figure of around £80m for the German.
Given he’s only 20 and the fact he’s a more natural centre-midfielder than Coutinho, going for Havertz makes a lot more sense. Especially at £40m cheaper.
Liverpool may sign neither, of course. But if they do want an attacking midfielder, going for Coutinho seems nonsensical when there’s a cheaper option who seems like a better fit.