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Philippe Coutinho to reject Man Utd and wants Liverpool return

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO will snub a move to Manchester United as he wants a return to Liverpool.

The Brazil attacker has struggled to rediscover his Anfield form in two seasons at the Nou Camp.

Manchester United wants Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho but the player is said to prefer a move back to his old club Liverpool
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Coutinho joined the Spanish club in a shock £145million deal but is set to be sold to free up cash for Barca’s £200m pursuit of former star Neymar.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to make the South American his biggest signing of the summer.

He has already brought in right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal which will rise to £50m.

Winger Daniel James has also arrived in a £15m transfer from Swansea.

Barca have already spent big on Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann, so need to bring in some cash quickly.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for Coutinho as they look to replace wantaway star Neymar.

There could be a swap deal involving these players.

But Coutinho enjoyed the best spell of his career with the Reds and is desperate to work with boss Jurgen Klopp once again.

The Merseysiders would only take Coutinho back if they could do a cheap deal for a player whose career has stagnated in the last 18 months.


But Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian is adamant Barcelona do not plan to sell the player.

He told the Telegraph: I was told they have no intention of selling him, that Barcelona have not spoken to anyone and that stories to the contrary are simply not true.

“I will not let people talk about Philippe and put him down because for one-and-a-half years we have said nothing.”

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