Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona from Liverpool in a £142million transfer deal back in the summer but, in spite of that, has struggled at the Nou Camp.
Consequently, talk is rife Coutinho could join Manchester United either this month or at the end of the season.
Reports from Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo have claimed Manchester United have contacted the Brazil international’s agent about a transfer as they look to sharpen their vastly-improving attack.
ESPN journalist David Aymoral believes a deal is unlikely this month.
Barcelona will reportedly demand around £88m to let Coutinho go – which seems relatively low.
“A deal looks rather unlikely in January since the Blaugrana would want more than €100 million to even consider the departure of the crown jewel of their transfer campaign last winter,” Aymoral told ESPN.
Which suggests Barcelona are willing to take a hit on the player.
The 26-year-old has a massive release clause of £355m. But, amid reports Barcelona would look to sell Coutinho to fund a stunning return for Neymar, they could ignore it by accepting lower bids.
Barca would still be unwilling to let Coutinho go just a year on from his arrival.
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