Barcelona could sell Philippe Coutinho in order to bring Neymar back

Carrie Guzman
January 13, 2019

And Valverde has now called for the former Liverpool superstar to take heed from one of his teammates who's now kept him out the starting XI.

The father of PSG star Neymar has denied reports he's been in talks with Barcelona about a return to the Nou Camp.

Since moving to France, though, he has been regularly linked with a return to Spain, previously with Real Madrid but more recently with Barcelona.

The Brazil worldwide is only a year into his contract at the Camp Nou following his £142million move from Liverpool last January.

It's far too early to label Philippe Coutinho a flop at Barcelona or suggest he is surplus to requirements, but you can definitely say he has fallen short of expectations so far.

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Fabregas has enjoyed plenty of success at global level too, winning the World Cup and two European championships with the Spain. Fabregas will wear the number 44 jersey during his time with the former Ligue 1 champions.

He opened his goalscoring account in a 2-0 victory over Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg in February and finished the campaign strongly, scoring 10 goals and making six assists in his last 16 appearances of 2017-18. Coutinho has to work to turn things around.

Coutinho is willing to wait out the current troublesome spell, the report adds, and will not look to give up his dream of becoming a Barca success story just yet.

The Brazilian has been in and out of the Barca squad since signing from Bordeaux in the summer for 41 million euros. The Italian outlet has reported that Barcelona will "listen" to offers for Coutinho, but will likely not settle for less than the amount they paid to secure his transfer.

That's because Coutinho's £142 million deal contained a number of clauses. United already have good forwards like Martial, Lingard, Sanchez and Rashford. Also the Red Devils are yet to announce who the next manager will be and before signing the Brazilian they should get a nod from the boss.

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