Dimitar Berbatov has urged Manchester United not to sign former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The Red Devils are linked with the Brazilian playmaker, who has struggled since his £142million transfer to Barcelona in January 2018.
Coutinho is seen as surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and has spent the season on loan with Bayern Munich.
And while he has shown glimpses of his best form in the Bundesliga, the German giants have confirmed they will not be signing the 27-year-old permanently.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian admitted his client “would love” to return to the Premier League last month and a number of suitors have emerged, including United.
But Berbatov insists his former club “don’t need” Coutinho due to already boasting a wealth of midfield talent.
“There have been a lot of Premier League clubs linked with him, Arsenal, Chelsea, New Castle and even Manchester united, but sometimes the obvious choice isn’t always the correct one,” Betfair ambassador Berbatov said.
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“Everyone thought he would do great when he moved to Barcelona but it didn’t work out, sometimes you need to step back to go forwards.
“He will go to a good team there is no question about that, but he needs the trust of a manager to believe in him and make him the main man so that he can play calm and be free to do what he does.
“Other people will see him linked with a move to United and they will point out his connections with Liverpool and how he would never be forgiven if he switched to Old Trafford, but honestly, United don’t need him right now.
“Bruno Fernandes is a very similar player; he really hit the ground running and looks to be a very promising signing so I don’t think there would be any point in United signing him.
“Pogba is coming back, Fernandes is there, McTominay is producing great football as well, they have enough quality there so signing Coutinho would be pointless.”