Latest Inter Miami Rumor Ties Herons to Brazilian Midfielder

I mean, really, if it is an aging European footballer close to being out of contract it’s likely they’ll be tied to a move to Inter Miami “to reunite” or “to join” Lionel Messi.

Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho (left) is rumored to be on the radar of Inter Miami.
Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho (left) is rumored to be on the radar of Inter Miami. / Mohamed Farag/GettyImages
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Does Coutinho to Inter Miami Make Any Sense?

To me, the short answer to that question is no.

It’s never a bad thing to bolster your midfield options, but Inter Miami is in pretty good shape in that regard.

Sergio Busquets anchors a center line that includes Diego Gomez, Facundo Faria, Benjamin Cremaschi and others… most of whom are stronger in attack than in defense.

Another issue is injury. One of the main reasons why Aston Villa allowed Coutinho to go to Qatar on loan was to work through some of those concerns.

There’s no question that if an offer comes to the table, Villa will certainly part with Coutinho… and that final destination is not in the Middle East.

Unless, of course, the former Villa manager who brought him to England in the first place — Steven Gerrard — wants to pick him up with his new club in Saudi Arabia.

Philippe Coutinho
Injuries have plagued Coutinho since joining Premier League side Aston Villa. / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Possible, but not likely.

I, for one, like Coutinho. His play, especially for Liverpool, was extraordinary. His movement with the ball and his overall prowess on offense was something to be seen.

But that was nearly a decade ago.

I would be hard-pressed… if I were Inter Miami management… to bring in Coutinho and shell out big money that could be better served on improving the defense (which, again, is what we most need right now).

If he were cheap and didn’t require an international slot, fine.

However, after parting ways with Kamal Miller and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (who signed with River Plate), it is the back line that needs the most attention for Inter Miami.

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