This is very unexpected.
Not the fact that Barcelona managed to prise Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool for the tidy sum of £142million, after all it was pretty much the worst kept secret in football.
It’s that there was a former Man United star heavily involved in proceedings in the crunch negotiations that led to the record-shattering transfer.
In a remarkable tale Barcelona finally got their man after a prolonged and ultimately unsuccessful pursuit in the summer.
The Brazilian magician is due to be officially confirmed as a Barcelona player today after the formalities of a medical and he will take his place as a long term successor to Andres Iniesta.
Coutinho will be the most expensive transfer ever to or from the Premier League and the second most expensive player in the world behind his countryman Neymar.
But it was the fact that, as reported by The Mail, a former United star was in the room during the negotiations that surprised us most.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian is known for his crafty work in bringing Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez to West Ham and he has performed another masterstroke here.
However, The Mail confirmed that former United star Mikael Silvestre was integral to the negotiations and getting the deal over the line.
The United stalwart under Ferguson has become a football agent in his post-playing days and is now part of Joorabchian’s management team.
So even after hanging up his boots he is still doing favours for United by selling Liverpool’s best player.
Bravo Mikael, that’s brilliant work.
But seriously, it is amazing to think that a crack team of Lucas Leiva, Coutinho’s long time friend, and Silvestre were at the heart of one of the most influential football transfers for years to come.
Watch out Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City, you could be next.
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