Solskjaer refuses to get involved into the Coutinho transfer saga
- United boss delivers a five-word response: "He is a Barcelona player."
- The Brazilian's agents are set to hold negotiations over his future after Tuesday's game.
- The Red Devils used to be linked with the 26-year-old.
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't seem to be interested in the most recent transfer rumours linking Philippe Coutinho with the potential Old Trafford move. He gives a rather telling response during the pre-match presser this Monday.
Solskjaer gets asked about United's interest in Coutinho as he says: ''He is a Barcelona player.''
The journalist, present at the pre-Barcelona Champions League quarterfinal press conference, asks: 'And?' To this, Ole replies again: ''He is a Barcelona player.''
Solskjaer asked if he’s interested in signing Coutinho: (A nervous laugh) He’s a Barcelona player— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) April 15, 2019
Coutinho has only managed 10 goals in 46 matches and is heavily linked with a potential Camp Nou exit.
However, the most recent report in the Barcelona-based Diario Sport claim that Barcelona aren't considering selling Coutinho as their main priority even though the player himself reportedly contemplates over the possibility of the exit. In any case, his agents are set to meet the club's representatives after Tuesday's crucial Champions League tie against Manchester United.
If Coutinho is destined to leave, which side could possibly land him? Barca are allegedly determined to recoup his entire transfer fee which means not every club could afford the Brazilian. Manchester United used to be one of the prime contenders, however, this move is now ruled out, according to Sport. Coutinho received plenty of jeers during the Old Trafford showdown last week as the Red Devils' supporters clearly haven't forgotten his Liverpool past.
📰 [SPORT] | The impossible signing of Coutinho by Manchester United:— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) April 15, 2019
🔶 The boos received at Old Trafford for its past 'red' dictate sentence.
🔷 If the Brazilian decides to leave Barça, Chelsea would be a very firm option; the PSG is another of the candidates. pic.twitter.com/TyJpKew8DT