Barcelona's star midfielder Philippe Coutinho has ruled out a move to Manchester United, according to reports.
The Catalan club splashed £142million on the Brazilian to make him the club's all-time most expensive player and planned to use him to plug the whole left behind by Andres Iniesta.
But the transfer just hasn't worked out for Coutinho, who was linked with a move away in January, and could leave the club for pastures new at the end of the season.
Man United are understood to be monitoring Coutinho's situation at Camp Nou, while Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the midfielder.
But according to Spanish outlet Sport, Coutinho does not want to betray his former supporters at Liverpool and the jeers he received from United fans during Barcelona's 1-0 win at Old Trafford last week has convinced him to look beyond a move to United.
Chelsea is now the only other realistic option for Coutinho, it is claimed, though they can only push ahead with a bid if their two-window transfer ban is delayed until 2020.
Sport also claim PSG hold a heavy interest, with Neymar keen to link up with his international team-mate.
Yet Coutinho's reason for wanting to quit Barca is to be the main man at a team and he may not want to play in his friend’s shadow.
The Red Devils travel to the Nou Camp this evening for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit and set up a potential clash with Liverpool in the final four.
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