Manchester United open talks with agent over potential £135million forward transfer

Manchester United have reportedly contacted the agent of Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho over a transfer to Old Trafford.

The Brazil international has struggled for as much playing time at the Nou Camp lately after a generally unconvincing start to life in La Liga.

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Coutinho only left Liverpool for Barcelona this time last year, but considering his dazzling performances during his time in the Premier League, he’s been well below-par in his time with Barca.

United are now linked as having made contact with Coutinho’s representatives over a potential transfer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

This follows reports that the 26-year-old had also been the subject of an opening offer from the Red Devils of around £108million, though Barcelona would ask for more like £135m, according to Don Balon.


Philippe Coutinho celebrates a goal for Barcelona

United could really do with an attacking player of Coutinho’s calibre to replace the under-performing Alexis Sanchez, while he can also operate in a role similar to that of the ageing Juan Mata, who is also nearing the end of his contract at United.

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