Man Utd begin talks to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

14 January, 2019, 05:31 | Author: George Williams
  • Neymar in secret talks with Barca over Nou camp return

At the post-match conference right after their tragic defeat against Levante, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde expressed his happiness for Philippe Coutinho.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho, who has been left out of the starting XI in each of Barcelona's last four league matches, is believed to be growing increasingly unhappy with his marginalised role having lost his spot to Ousmane Dembele.

Also linked with a move to Old Trafford is Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini. It seems United can buy this La Liga star on one condition.

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The first, in what would be a sensational move, is former Liverpool favourite Philippe Coutinho. But things haven't worked out for the Brazilian, who has failed to replicate the form that persuaded Barcelona to cough up for his services.

Barca were without a host of regulars as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were all afforded a break amid a busy January schedule. MARCA reports he is at rock bottom due to the current situation.

Barca nearly doubled the lead when Sergi Roberto headed wide and Coutinho was denied a penalty following a Pena challenge, but it was not until after the break that they turned on the style.

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However, Tuchel has moved to counter those talks, saying: "I think Neymar feels really happy, he's professional", said the coach to reporters.

And it has emerged that Manchester United have made enquiries about the possibility of bringing Coutinho back to the Premier League. The Brazilian phenom is bored with life at PSG and would certainly welcome a return to Spain, but Barcelona would need to get cash in order to re-pay a transfer fee for the world's most expensive player.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: "Not many players have featured for Liverpool and Manchester United". And the Blaugrana boss seems quite satisfied with both the players.

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