Sunday January 27 2013
Moratti: 'Opportunity for Coutinho'

Inter President Massimo Moratti has confirmed Philipp Coutinho “has a great opportunity and a deal that could go well for us too” ahead of a €12m transfer to Liverpool.

The English media continue to maintain that Liverpool have offered £8.5m, whereas the Italian sources insist it is worth £10.2m.

“There are opportunities to be taken and at times players can have the chance to get more playing time. This is why I think it can be a great opportunity for Coutinho and a deal that could go well for us too,” Moratti told Sky Sport Italia.

It is widely reported that Inter will immediately reinvest the money to buy Paulinho from Corinthians for €20m.

“He is very expensive, without doubt, but we’ll see over the next few days whether this is a concrete opportunity for us or not.”

It is also confirmed that Mario Balotelli’s contract includes a clause giving Inter first choice if he leaves Manchester City. Moratti was asked if it would irritate them to see Balotelli at Milan.

“No,” he assured.

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