Philippe Coutinho transfer latest: Barcelona star's one condition to sign for

Philippe Coutinho’s possible move to Manchester United is the surprise saga of this January’s transfer window.

The former Liverpool midfielder completed a £142million switch to Barcelona this time last year to fill the void left behind by Neymar and Andres Iniesta.

But things haven’t quite gone to plan for the Brazil international, who is struggling for regular game time and has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho’s problems were recently compounded when Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde called on him to improve his performances.

The Brazilian has remained tight-lipped over his future, as Manchester United are reportedly keeping track of his situation.

Philippe Coutinho is unsettled at Barcelona
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But according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho isn’t overly keen on leaving the Catalan giants just yet.

That doesn’t mean to say he isn’t against the idea of joining Manchester United, but that he does have a condition that must be met before he’d consider it.

The publication reports that the Brazilian wants to be given time to try and make things work at Barcelona before throwing in the towel.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde called on Coutinho to improve his performances
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In other words, he wants his decision to stay at Barcelona to be respected by other clubs before he decides for certain to leave Spain.

This means that a January move is pretty much off the cards, unless the Red Devils come in with a sensational offer and Barcelona accept.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in last season’s January transfer window
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If Coutinho’s situation hasn’t improved by the end of the season then it seems the former Inter Milan and Liverpool star would be open to a switch.

And you’d have to think that Manchester United, who are clearly interested in the Brazilian, would be at the front of the queue.

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