Monday, 28th January, 2013

Inter president Massimo Moratti has insisted the club are not selling Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool just to raise money.

The young Brazilian schemer is heading to Liverpool to become the Premier League side’s second signing of the transfer window and Moratti has been grilled about his departure, especially as it seems to go against Inter’s desire for a youthful side.

And following the departure of Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray, it also places question marks over the level of creativity in the squad.

For Moratti though, selling Coutinho makes sense in the now.


"Things are done for a reason", the Inter president told reporters.

"And selling Coutinho is not something done with the idea of making money, but because, looking at the way things have developed of late, we have more of a need in areas other than Coutinho’s position, regardless of his age."

Inter sporting director Marco Branca has headed to Brazil to try to secure a deal for Corinthians’ midfielder Paulinho, but Moratti could not offer any news on how close that transfer might be to happening.

The Nerazzurri are now under pressure to spend some of the money which has been raised from selling Coutinho and Sneijder, as the club attempt to put pressure on Juventus at the top of the Serie A standings.

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