After 5 superb seasons at Liverpool, Phillipe Coutinho got his dream move to the Nou Camp for a staggering £142 million (if clauses are met). Just one year with the Blaugrana, the Brazilian could be on the move again. Chelsea have reportedly stepped up to challenge Manchester United in a race for the talented midfielder.
The midfielder has performed well when called upon for Ernesto Valverde’s side, with 13 goal contributions in 18 La Liga games last season. But he has struggled to establish himself in Valverde’s starting eleven, especially as he faces fierce competition from Ousmane Dembélé and Malcom. Reports suggest The Red Devils are one of a number of clubs interested in Coutinho, but it’s difficult to see the fee being under £100 million.
The ‘little magician’ spent his youth career in his native Brazil with Vasco de Grama, where he convinced Inter Milan to spend €4 million. After returning from 2 years on loan at Vasco, he was a bit part player at the San Siro, prompting him to spend a season on loan at Espanol under Mauricio Pochettino. He began to impress in Spain, convincing Liverpool to spend just £8.5 million on him and what a bargain that turned out to be…
Style of Play
Most of the footballing world know how the quick footed Number 10 goes about his business. A playmaker able to play as a second striker, an attacking midfielder or on either wing, Coutinho excels with his excellent range of passing and vision.
The Brazilian international also never hesitates to strike from long range, able to get the venom and accuracy on his shots to beat the keeper with ease from 25-30 yards out.
Likelihood of move
In my opinion, this move doesn’t look likely to happen. Despite being reportedly unsettled at the Nou Camp, it is unlikely that Chelsea will spend £100m+ in January to bring him to Old Trafford. Sarri is likely to set his sights on a striker with out of favour Morata and Giroud not cutting the mustard for the Italian manager.