Just when you think you’ve heard every transfer rumour possible, one comes along that blows you away.
According to reports in the Manchester Evening News, Man United are planning to make a sensational offer for former Liverpool and current Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Anfield fan-favourite has only started nine league games for the Catalans this season, prompting rumours of discontent from the Brazillian’s camp.
And supposedly, that was enough for Man United to open negotiations with Barca over a possible transfer.
Were Coutinho to make the switch to Old Trafford, it would be the first time a player had played for both Liverpool and United since Michael Owen, and before that, Paul Ince. No player has crossed the divide directly since 1964, and though Coutinho will have obviously played for Barca in between, the short gap could cause consternation in both sets of fans.
The rivalry between each United and Liverpool is perhaps most vicious when it comes to players – with Gabriel Heinze memorably branded as a traitor after he declared his desire to join Liverpool from United, just one example.
Valued at least £100 million, United will have to smash their transfer record for the 26-year-old, but that will be the least controversial element of a transfer that could cause waves throughout English football.
If this somehow actually happens, prepare for fireworks!