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Coutinho to reject Man United advances due to ‘respect’ for Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho will not be moving to Manchester United as he has too much ‘respect’ for his former side Liverpool.

Despite Barcelona splashing out £142 million to take Coutinho from Anfield to the Nou Camp back in 2018, the Brazilian’s time in Catalonia hasn’t quite gone to plan, where he has failed to win over the Blaugrana faithful, scoring just 11 goals in 54 appearances last season

He has been linked with a summer departure, with Manchester United and Chelsea being among the clubs interested in signing him, with the Red Devils thought to want the former Liverpool forward to replace Paul Pogba, should he force an Old Trafford exit.

However, according to Sky Sports, despite being keen to leave Ernesto Valverde’s side this summer, he would reject a move to the Manchester side out of respect for his former club, who are of course bitter rivals of United.

In their report, Sky say that PSG are in ‘initial discussions’ with Coutinho’s representatives about a potential move to the French capital, where he could form part of a deal that sees Neymar return to Barcelona.

Monday’s newspapers were awash with reports suggesting that they are willing to sell the £198m man, with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi saying that the club would no longer tolerate ‘superstar behaviour’ from players, in what has been interpreted as a thinly veiled message to the Brazilian.

PSG have also been linked with having an interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has expressed his desire to leave.

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