According to reports in the French media PSG have made an enquiry for Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho. With further reports claiming a figure of €100 has been given as a reply.
However you do have to question if making that statement at all were a wise move.
Coutinho was one of Liverpool’s best players during the 2016-17 season, scoring 13 goals and adding seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances as we finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League.
Those impressive performances have also attracted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.
There is no doubt that Coutinho is vital to Jurgen Klopp’s plans next season. Whilst the fee would make Coutinho the joint-second most expensive player in the world alongside Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
- Klopp: “There are absolutely no plans to sell [Coutinho]”
- Coutinho has committed his long-term future to Liverpool
What will a reply of ‘€100m’ achieve?
When you look at Manchester United pursuit of Paul Pogba for £105m last season it’s easy to say that there are clubs out there that can afford it.
Would the price tag upon Coutinho’s shoulders unsettle him next season? Will we see more stories of how Neymar wants his bestie to sign for Barcelona?
Barcelona do need a successor for Andres Iniesta and in all fairness such a fee would be a wise investment given the assumption Coutinho could retire there!
But wouldn’t you just love to hear Liverpool make a statement along the lines of; ‘Coutinho is integral to our plans for now and the future, he is invaluable and no offers would be considered.’
This would be a great way of just letting the likes of PSG and Barcelona know that we mean business! One of the most successful clubs in European history – nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace it and tell those that want our stars where to go!!
He should know that he’s staying, a message with a value attached is not that. It’s a message to world football stating we would be willing to sell!
Why?!? We don’t need to sell him at all.