Manchester United ‘Interested’ In Coutinho
Manchester United are being linked with an unlikely-sounding move for Barcelona forward Phillipe Coutinho.
Reports suggest that the former Liverpool man is unsettled at the Nou Camp. He once again started on the bench at the weekend and has lost his place in the Barcelona starting line-up to Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal.
But any move to Old Trafford this month is unlikely. Barcelona paid £142million for Coutinho in January 2018 and will demand well in excess of £100million.
Plus, United are looking to boost their defence rather than their attacking options. A new centre-back is at the top of the Red Devils’ wishlist – that’s assuming they make any new signings at all this month.
Coutinho earns £400,000 a week at Barcelona and United would have to at least match that figure.
Godin United Move Unlikely
Diego Godin is no longer interested in a move to Manchester United, according to reports from Spain.
The Uruguay international was reportedly the subject of interest last summer from Old Trafford with some claiming he was offered £150,000 a week by United. However, the approach was made to United by Godin’s agent – not the other way round – and the club felt they were being used simply to extract a better deal out of Atletico Madrid.
But according to Todo Mercado Web in Spain, United have revived their interest and made him a fresh offer. That offer is £4.3million a year – the equivalent of around £80,000 a week and considerably less than what they were reportedly prepared to pay him last summer.
Godin has rejected the offer and is no longer interested in a move to Old Trafford.
Whether any new offer has been made to the 32-year-old must be open to question. Jose Mourinho’s problems in the transfer market last summer stemmed from his insistence in pursuing players who were close to or over the 30-year-old cut-off point where United tend to lose interest in players. It led to a clash with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and a board who aren’t keen on paying huge transfer fees for players in their thirties. Godin would still have cost around £20million and has a season or two at the most at the top level.