Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho has done a medical with Liverpool. Reds transfered a new potential Brazilian World star and Brendan rodger happy with that.
Philippe Coutinho is doing at this time a medical with Liverpool. Between today and tomorrow should reach the official passage of the Inter Reds Brazilian playmaker, who will leave the Inter Milan go for a total amount of € 10 million plus bonuses tied to performance. The player, who arrived yesterday in England, he left Milan after two and a half seasons.
Marco Branca, who conducts all transfers for Inter Milan, told “Coutinho is a very, very good player. He is still only 20 and has a big talent.”
Coutinho joined Inter from Vasco da Gama for 4m euros (£3.4m) in 2008, when he was 16 and one of the most coveted young players in world football. The Serie A side immediately loaned him back to Vasco, because foreigners are prohibited from playing professional football in Italy until they are 18.
He returned in the summer of 2010 and quickly established himself as a favourite of new manager Benitez, featuring in 14 league and Champions League games before Christmas, most often as a wide attacker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
During his brief time in top-flight football, Coutinho has proved to be an exciting talent with the ability to attack from the center or either wing. When his move to Liverpool is completed, he will join Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and FabioBorini in the Reds’ stable of talented young attackers.
Rodgers’ strategy of stockpiling creative players before they hit the prime of their careers is admirable, and it is already paying dividends. Liverpool has steadily improved throughout the season and now sits seventh in the table.
But too much youth can cause problems for teams, and Rodgers needs to ensure that his squad remains balanced with experienced players in prominent roles.
There is no doubt that signing Coutinho was a smart move. Any time a talent like the 20-year-old is available for a modest fee, it is a wise move to give him a chance.
Overall, Rodgers should be lauded for his moves in the transfer market since taking over at Anfield. Players like Sturridge,Coutinho and Joe Allen have the talent to long and productive careers with the Reds.