Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward is unlikely to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho because of Bruno Fernandes, reports say. Coutinho has been linked with a move back to the Premier League having struggled at Bayern Munich ever since his loan arrival back in the summer. And United have emerged as suitors – but any move to Old Trafford now seems unfeasible.
Manchester United have seen Fernandes shine at Old Trafford ever since his January arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
The 25-year-old has been directly involved in six goals from eight matches, scoring three and assisting three.
United believe the Portugal international has all the attributes to be a huge hit at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delighted with the midfielder’s contribution so far.
The Red Devils have been linked with Coutinho despite Fernandes’ fine form.
But the Daily Mail say that, given how well Fernandes has settled in to life at the club, Woodward is unlikely to go after the Brazilian.
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Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January 2018 – but has struggled for form in the two years since.
The Brazil international couldn’t adjust to life in Catalonia, failing to shine alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Coutinho left Barcelona for Bayern Munich in the summer on loan.
He initially hit the ground running, impressing under Niko Kovac prior to the Croatian’s sacking at the Allianz Arena.
But Coutinho has toiled in the time since and Bayern are unlikely to sign him permanently come the summer transfer window.
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And that’s the same for United.
The Red Devils have other targets on their radar, including Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
And with Barcelona primed to demand big money in order to let Coutinho go, a move to Old Trafford doesn’t appear it will be happening.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Rio Ferdinand admitted he thought Coutinho would be an unnecessary signing for United.
“At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left Liverpool he hasn’t really done it yet,” Ferdinand said while taking questions on his official Instagram feed.
“He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern.
“I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving.
“Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him – he needs that.
“I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now.”
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