Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes the club do not need to sign Philippe Coutinho in the summer following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.
United have been linked with a move for Coutinho, who has struggled at times on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona.
The Brazilian headed to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in 2018 though failed to replicate the form that earned him a big-money move to the Catalan giants.
He could be set for a return to the Premier League with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea also linked with the attacking midfielder.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strengthened his midfield in January by signing Fernandes, who has already impressed at Old Trafford.
And Ferdinand believes the introduction of the Portuguese ace means the Red Devils do not need to make a move for Coutinho.
“He [Coutinho] hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern. I think he is a great player, a huge talent, but I think he needs saving,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.
“Coming to the Premier League, to the right team, would be a saviour for him. I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up but not now.
“Would he improve Spurs? Yes he would. Is he a Jose Mourinho player and do they have the finances to get him? I don’t know.
“But he would improve Spurs because people like Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son would feed off him.
“Arsenal, he would improve them, but where does he play in their system? Is he someone they would like to see replace Mesut Ozil? I don’t know, I like Ozil.
“He would improve all the teams I’ve just listed, but not Man United.”
Fernandes has scored three times for Manchester United since joining in a £46m move from Sporting Lisbon at the end of January.
He found the net against Club Brugge, Everton and Watford while also registering three assists for his new club.
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