Barcelona had offered Manchester City the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, but Pep Guardiola turned the player down.
TV3 reported (and Marca later confirmed) that the Brazil international was offered to the Premier League champions, whose manager declined the opportunity to sign him because he already had other players for his position.
Manchester City-focused Twitter channel @SuperbiaProelia conveyed the news to their followers afterwards.
Barcelona had offered Philippe Coutinho to Manchester City, but the English champions refused.
Pep Guardiola declined because he claimed that, for the Brazilian's position, he had other alternatives.
— Man City | Superbia (@SuperbiaProeIia) September 5, 2019
According to Marca, Barcelona had been attempting to offload Coutinho to several clubs over the summer before a loan move to Bayern Munich was agreed, with the Bundesliga champions paying €8.5m (£7.6m) for his season-long loan and being given the option to buy him outright for €120m (£107.4m) next year.
Coutinho has previously played in the Premier League with Liverpool, for whom he scored 54 goals in 201 appearances across five years, but he netted just 21 times in 76 games at Barcelona. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
These Manchester City fans on Twitter feel that Guardiola was right to turn down the 27-year-old:
Foden > Coutinho
— PackedMouse (@PackedMouse) September 5, 2019
The coach is right.
— Thabiso MATLHALE (@kingramatlhale) September 5, 2019
He also never tracks back, so
— Tyler Collison (@Tydolatry) September 5, 2019
Most City fans wouldn't want him because it's uncertain whether he would actually fit in with our team or not
— Ultimate Jaffa Cake (@discussions_uk) September 5, 2019
Wouldn’t have seen a minute on the pitch anyway. He’d do a job for St Pats though.
— Kyle Gilmore (@TheGilmoreFella) September 5, 2019
— Lehlohonolo Papo (@Narepapo12) September 5, 2019
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