It looks like the Philippe Coutinho situation at Barcelona has become unbearable at this point, with the team offering him a way out and trying to get rid of him at all costs before the start of the season.
The Brazilian rejected moves to Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham out of respect for his past with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain weren’t interested in landing him on a potential move for Neymar Jr.
So, with the clock ticking on him and the transfer window soon to close, he’s been linked with a move to Bayern Munchen, but that wouldn’t be a good idea, at least according to former Bavarian legend Stefan Effenberg:
“Coutinho knows neither the Bundesliga nor coach (Niko) Kovac, he speaks no German and is at a top Spanish club but not a regular player. He has completed just eight of 38 Primera Division games over 90 minutes, scoring five goals and assisting two. Coutinho has great qualities, but a transfer for Bayern would be a risk”, Effenberg told t-online.
Moreover, Stefan went on to address the fact that his team needs someone that doesn’t need time to make the adjustment to German soccer and that could contribute right away for Niko Kovac’s winning cause:
“Bayern needs someone who can help immediately, does not need any time to adjust, is not a risk. And there’s a better solution than Coutinho in my view. Mandzukic would be the second absolute top transfer (after Ivan Perisic), who would help to bring Bayern back to where they want to go – in the top group of Europe. Bayern would suddenly have another chance at winning the Champions League and we would not have to talk about Leroy Sane or Timo Werner.
He has a great experience, knows the Bundesliga and coach Kovac very well. He is rarely or never injured. And he stands for mentality and a self-sacrificing game. That’s what I love about him, that has always impressed me. Mandzukic is still hungry. He would be very helpful for two or three years,” he concluded.
Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga for years but have failed to take a step forward in Europe, so perhaps adding a striker like Mandzukic could give them the boost they need to finally go back to the top of the continent.