Man Utd begin talks to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

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The Red Devils are keen to lure the former Premier League player.

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The sale of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla led boss Ernesto Valverde to say that they need to sign a back-up to Suarez in the January transfer window, and the Uruguay worldwide showed just how crucial he is to the Catalans.

The Uruguay striker exchanged two quick passes with Philippe Coutinho to break down Eibar's backline before he skillfully directed a shot into the far corner of the net while falling down in the 19th.

Having made 34 appearances already, the Reds have received one out of four potential payments but should Coutinho leave in January Liverpool will miss out on £13.2m just with this clause. He has been warned he must knuckle down and fight for his place by boss Ernesto Valverde.

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Coutinho started a domestic match for the first time since December 2 and converted an 85th-minute penalty as a much-changed Barca lost 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie. Coutinho has struggled and hasn't looked like turning things around quickly.

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.

But Neymar Snr took to social media to call the story "fake news" just as his son did a few weeks ago when another story emerged about the Samba star wanted a move back to Barça. Manchester United and PSG are keen to make an approach for him, but Barcelona should hang on to him. 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.

It's believed that Philippe will wait until the summer to see if his situation improves or not and Manchester United aren't thought of being in a rush to complete the deal. So there seems no reason to buy an attacking player.

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