Neymar changed it all
Jose Mourinho has made a brilliant point about the failed transfer of Philippe Coutinho, claiming but for the Neymar situation, he would almost certainly be a Barcelona player now.
Mourinho has claimed a couple of times this summer that the Neymar move had shaken football and changed everything in terms of transfer fees – and said that Lukaku would have cost far more had United not got their business done early.
Now, he’s spoken about Coutinho, who of course wanted to leave Liverpool, but saw the club reject several offers from Barcelona.
“Neymar changed everything,” Mourinho told The Times.
“If the biggest transfer in history had still been [Paul] Pogba, I think Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at £101 million.”
Coutinho was reportedly holding out for a January move – something that’s not thought to be coming off considering Liverpool’s desire to keep him, though most people seem to be assuming the player will leave this time next year.
Barcelona have seen their season get off to a much better start than many may have predicted following their Super Cup loss, and are sitting clear at the top of La Liga following the consecutive draws suffered by Real Madrid.
100% record gone
One thing that did happen to United this weekend was seeing their winning record go – with a draw against Stoke, that was ill-tempered at times, with Jose Mourinho refusing to shake hands with Mark Hughes at the end, much to the annoyance of the former Manchester City manager.
United are still many people’s favourites for the title, with Mourinho’s side looking strong, though after a huge win over Liverpool they may well find their closest rivals will end up being their neighbours Manchester City, who are looking like they’re getting better and better with each passing game this season in the Premier League.