Inter warned on Manchester United target: Don't do a Coutinho

Liverpool star used as illustration of a mistake Inter could make regarding Mateo Kovacic.

Inter Milan are gearing up for a big January, their first transfer window under the new ownership of Indonesian billionaire Erick Thohir.

There are however expected to be sales as well as arrivals, with one name discussed Mateo Kovacic.

The 19-year-old Croatian signed a year ago for the Nerazzuri, but has made just six starts this season in Serie A.

Italian website Sportsmediaset reported last month the club 'won't keep any players prisoner', and could do business with Manchester United if they re-ignited their interest in the player.

However the club have been pointed in the direction of Liverpool and one of their former players, for direction regarding Kovacic by former hero Tarcisio Burgnich.

The 74-year-old, who played for 12 years for Inter in the 60s and 70s racking up more than 350 appearances, says selling the prospect could be a mistake, just like Coutinho.

He told Tuttomercatoweb: "Maybe a loan can help in him to play with continuity. Inter should not do as they dide with Coutinho, who is now at Liverpool is doing very well."

It's a very valid point because there must a real amount of frustration at Inter having seen Coutinho excel at Liverpool, a player they sold for just £8 million a season ago.

Coutinho was in a similar position a year ago: A promising talent, but one who had not yet established himself at the club. 

They clearly gave up on him too easily, and the Inter hierarchy should persist with Kovacic or they could too come to regret it.

However if United are able to take advantage of any short-sightedness at the club, a move for the playmaker now could be a stroke of genius in the long run.

image: © Dean Jones

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