Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola turned down the chance to sign Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to Marca.
It is believed that the player was offered to a number of clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester United and the Premier League champions, but it is said Guardiola was not interested in bringing the Brazilian to the Etihad Stadium.
Some supporters on Twitter are disappointed that City didn’t try to snap up Coutinho:
If this is true then It's so disappointing for u can't get better player than Coutinho.
— milli (@milliontwiter) 5 September 2019
So disappointing 😢😢
— Terry Diesel Jnr 11 (@SiwachiTerrence) 6 September 2019
why??? could have been the best deal ever…smh!
— king🗨 (@amon_murkomen) 6 September 2019
Should’ve took him and let him play in afield
Scenes when both sterling and coutinho scores
— Mirza Amir (@MirzaAmirbeg97) 6 September 2019
Others don’t believe he is good enough for the Manchester club, while some questioned where he would fit in:
Nowhere near good enough for us.
— Serge Demeo (@demeo_s) 6 September 2019
He’s no better than what we’ve got
— phil reid (@physcopearce) 6 September 2019
Not needed. If leroy had left and we might have considered sancho or dembele instead. Might
— Muhammad Owais Khan (@owaiskhan75) 6 September 2019
— Vinnie Blue (@mancunian1108) 6 September 2019
Lmao what? He would be the 4th/5th on the pecking order at City
— Felipe Arias (@Pipinthehouse) 6 September 2019
wouldn't make the bench over Foden, so good choice.
— Bradley Conway (@BradConwayMCFC) 6 September 2019
Coutinho generally prefers playing off the left-wing, and with players like Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane already in the squad, it is understandable that Guardiola wouldn’t have considered a move for the 27-year-old.
The former Liverpool player instead ended up at Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga giants have paid €8.5m to loan the playmaker with an option to buy next summer for €120m.