Saints linked to £10m move for Milan star

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

First published in Saints News

Reports in Italy have again linked Saints with a move for Inter Milan playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

It has been suggested that the club are considering a bid of about £10m for the 20-year-old Brazilian, above.

Saints have been regularly linked with the attacking midfielder during the January transfer window.

Those rumours are now increasing after the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager at St Mary’s.

Pochettino knows Coutinho well, having had him on loan at Espanyol during the second half of the 2011/12 season.

However, it is Liverpool who have so far been closest to prising him away from the San Siro.

The Reds have been in discussions with Inter over a possible move for the player this month.

Although they have had an £8m offer turned down, it has been suggested that they would be willing to return with an improved bid.

Coutinho’s agent was also quoted as saying earlier this month that Saints’ relegation rivals, Aston Villa, had made an enquiry about the player.

The youngster, who has been capped once by his country, has shown no great desire to leave Inter, though.

Coutinho, who has started just three Serie A games so far this season, has stated that he is keen to remain in Italy and to fight for his place in the side.

However, a strong offer from England could potentially persuade him to move.

 

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9:10am Thu 24 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

I've since heard that this is the agent trying to get LFC to pay more, and though we were interested in the summer we went on to buy Gaston.. Though he would be good for the left wing position.
I've since heard that this is the agent trying to get LFC to pay more, and though we were interested in the summer we went on to buy Gaston.. Though he would be good for the left wing position. SaintMax
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9:13am Thu 24 Jan 13

St Retford says...

I imagine Brendan Rogers has got his eye off the ball at the moment. BUY! BUY! BUY!

(Seriously, this would be massive for us.)
I imagine Brendan Rogers has got his eye off the ball at the moment. BUY! BUY! BUY! (Seriously, this would be massive for us.) St Retford
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9:15am Thu 24 Jan 13

franiow says...

I love the fact that we are being linked with quality players, but Coutinho seems to be reluctant to move. There is also a suggestion that we are being used in Italy and Spain to force prices up...that makes me laugh as well. How far we have come.
I love the fact that we are being linked with quality players, but Coutinho seems to be reluctant to move. There is also a suggestion that we are being used in Italy and Spain to force prices up...that makes me laugh as well. How far we have come. franiow
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9:28am Thu 24 Jan 13

rednwhite72 says...

franiow wrote:
I love the fact that we are being linked with quality players, but Coutinho seems to be reluctant to move. There is also a suggestion that we are being used in Italy and Spain to force prices up...that makes me laugh as well. How far we have come.
Lol if that's TRUE, that's so funny, **** is this a fu£%ing dream, who would have thought it 3 years ago. May I just take this opportunity again to thank mr leibherr and his team for creating our dream and all the others that have played their part in creating this fairytale...!
[quote][p][bold]franiow[/bold] wrote: I love the fact that we are being linked with quality players, but Coutinho seems to be reluctant to move. There is also a suggestion that we are being used in Italy and Spain to force prices up...that makes me laugh as well. How far we have come.[/p][/quote]Lol if that's TRUE, that's so funny, **** is this a fu£%ing dream, who would have thought it 3 years ago. May I just take this opportunity again to thank mr leibherr and his team for creating our dream and all the others that have played their part in creating this fairytale...! rednwhite72
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9:30am Thu 24 Jan 13

JohnItaly says...

Just cannot see this one happening. If as is reported he does not want to leave Inter Milan and / or not wish to join Saints would not want a reluctant player. If things did not work out might become a bit of a millstone around the club's neck.
Just cannot see this one happening. If as is reported he does not want to leave Inter Milan and / or not wish to join Saints would not want a reluctant player. If things did not work out might become a bit of a millstone around the club's neck. JohnItaly
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9:35am Thu 24 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

It would be a great move for Saints but if he's reluctant to move then I'm not sure it's a good thing. We have all seen foreign players go to big clubs over here from time to time and not perform if they are unsettled .. and £10 milion is a lot of money !!
It would be a great move for Saints but if he's reluctant to move then I'm not sure it's a good thing. We have all seen foreign players go to big clubs over here from time to time and not perform if they are unsettled .. and £10 milion is a lot of money !! Alicesdad
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9:42am Thu 24 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Two threads on the same subject again!
Two threads on the same subject again! OSPREYSAINT
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9:58am Thu 24 Jan 13

El Santo says...

Way to expensive, in my opinion, for what he has to offer. Why not hire Benyat Etxeberria, from Betis? He is a Spanish International and the star in Betis. He runs out of contract this summer.
Way to expensive, in my opinion, for what he has to offer. Why not hire Benyat Etxeberria, from Betis? He is a Spanish International and the star in Betis. He runs out of contract this summer. El Santo
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10:22am Thu 24 Jan 13

St Retford says...

El Santo wrote:
Way to expensive, in my opinion, for what he has to offer. Why not hire Benyat Etxeberria, from Betis? He is a Spanish International and the star in Betis. He runs out of contract this summer.
That's what I was thinking.
[quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: Way to expensive, in my opinion, for what he has to offer. Why not hire Benyat Etxeberria, from Betis? He is a Spanish International and the star in Betis. He runs out of contract this summer.[/p][/quote]That's what I was thinking. St Retford
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10:55am Thu 24 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

When you think of his reluctance, would you as a Brazilian playing in Milan want to move to the Liverpool area? I know they get paid well, but even the South coast is a huge improvement to up there!
When you think of his reluctance, would you as a Brazilian playing in Milan want to move to the Liverpool area? I know they get paid well, but even the South coast is a huge improvement to up there! SaintMax
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11:48am Thu 24 Jan 13

DisplacedFan says...

SaintMax wrote:
When you think of his reluctance, would you as a Brazilian playing in Milan want to move to the Liverpool area? I know they get paid well, but even the South coast is a huge improvement to up there!
Especially when there is only one place to be on the South coast!
[quote][p][bold]SaintMax[/bold] wrote: When you think of his reluctance, would you as a Brazilian playing in Milan want to move to the Liverpool area? I know they get paid well, but even the South coast is a huge improvement to up there![/p][/quote]Especially when there is only one place to be on the South coast! DisplacedFan
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11:57am Thu 24 Jan 13

DisplacedFan says...

The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints!
The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints! DisplacedFan
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12:12pm Thu 24 Jan 13

St Retford says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints!
That means we're almost certainly not getting him.

:(
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints![/p][/quote]That means we're almost certainly not getting him. :( St Retford
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12:50pm Thu 24 Jan 13

mack chinnon says...

No. Not another Brazilian.
No. Not another Brazilian. mack chinnon
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1:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Jesus_02 says...

I’m not saying it wont happen (never say never) but if I was an agent and I wanted to force Liverpool’s hand I would be using Saints to do it as we have already signed two players that they where lined up for.

As for Liverpool, it presents an ideal opportunity to claw back some respect and say “this guy wanted to go Liverpool rather than Saints”

It’s Unbelievable how far we have come. Its like Cortese is on a mission to make Iñigo Calderón regret ever turning saints down in favour of Brighton!
I’m not saying it wont happen (never say never) but if I was an agent and I wanted to force Liverpool’s hand I would be using Saints to do it as we have already signed two players that they where lined up for. As for Liverpool, it presents an ideal opportunity to claw back some respect and say “this guy wanted to go Liverpool rather than Saints” It’s Unbelievable how far we have come. Its like Cortese is on a mission to make Iñigo Calderón regret ever turning saints down in favour of Brighton! Jesus_02
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2:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

DisplacedFan says...

St Retford wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints!
That means we're almost certainly not getting him.

:(
I know. Just wishful thinking.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints![/p][/quote]That means we're almost certainly not getting him. :([/p][/quote]I know. Just wishful thinking. DisplacedFan
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4:02pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Egomaniac says...

Liverpool have offered £9M for him and are confident the deal is nearly complete.
Liverpool have offered £9M for him and are confident the deal is nearly complete. Egomaniac
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6:11pm Thu 24 Jan 13

saintbobby says...

St Retford wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints!
That means we're almost certainly not getting him.

:(
This could be true as the Daily Mail is the "the only true word", though their pre-season forecast was that the Saints would finish bottom - so that is hopelessly WRONG!!

But they did say Nigel Adkins was on his way out 3 or 4 days before it happened.

This signing would be a big signal that Saints are in the big time, and let's hope if this doesn't happen something else really big will - AND before the end of January.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: The Daily Mail quotes a ten million pound offer has been accepted for this player from Saints![/p][/quote]That means we're almost certainly not getting him. :([/p][/quote]This could be true as the Daily Mail is the "the only true word", though their pre-season forecast was that the Saints would finish bottom - so that is hopelessly WRONG!! But they did say Nigel Adkins was on his way out 3 or 4 days before it happened. This signing would be a big signal that Saints are in the big time, and let's hope if this doesn't happen something else really big will - AND before the end of January. saintbobby
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6:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

saint in dordogne says...

are saints going to get "linked" with an english player again
are saints going to get "linked" with an english player again saint in dordogne
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7:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13

saint in dordogne says...

Egomaniac wrote:
Liverpool have offered £9M for him and are confident the deal is nearly complete.
their offer was rejected and saints's accepted
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: Liverpool have offered £9M for him and are confident the deal is nearly complete.[/p][/quote]their offer was rejected and saints's accepted saint in dordogne
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