Manchester United lead race to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona
Manchester United ‘join Leicester, Chelsea and Tottenham in race to sign Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho’ as Brazilian looks for next club with Bayern Munich unlikely to make his loan move permanent
- Philippe Coutinho is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs this summer
- Coutinho has scored eight goals in 22 games for Bayern Munich this season
- The Brazilian is out of favour at Barcelona and has three years left on his deal
Manchester United are reportedly leading a host of Premier League clubs in the race to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer.
Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich, where he has scored eight goals in 22 Bundesliga games – but the club are unlikely to make his deal permanent.
The Brazilian still has three years left on his deal at the Nou Camp but he appears unlikely to win his place back and Barca and could move on permanently.
Manchester United have joined a host of Premier League clubs interested in Philippe Coutinho
Bayern Munich are unlikely to make Coutinho’s loan move permanent at the end of the season
According to Sport, United are interested in adding Coutinho to their midfield, despite the successful January signing of attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
United face competition from Leicester City, Chelsea and Tottenham for the 27-year-old, but are confident of winning the chase despite the fact he used to play for their arch-rivals Liverpool.
Coutinho was recently asked whether he would be interested in returning to Anfield in the future but ruled out a move and said he is now ‘on another journey’.
Former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who managed Coutinho during his time at Anfield, is another interested suitor but the Foxes are unlikely to be able to afford his transfer fee and wages.
Coutinho has three years left on Barca deal but is well down pecking order at the Nou Camp
As a result they are likely to try and sign him on loan with a view to a permanent move, though Barca are likely to prefer a permanent deal given their current financial crisis.
On Monday, the club confirmed players would take a 70 per cent pay cut and also fund a portion of wages for non-playing staff in order to help keep the club afloat amid the coronavirus crisis.
If the crisis continues a fire sale of players could follow in a bid to raise funds and reduce the size of the club’s wage bill, with Coutinho likely to be among those sacrificed.
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