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Coutinho demands explanation from Barcelona management over selection snub

Coutinho demands explanation from Barcelona management over selection snub

Barcelona are considering selling Philippe Coutinho in order to fund a move for Neymar, according to the Evening Standard.

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

Philippe Coutinho has emerged as a surprise rumoured Manchester United target in the January transfer window after he has failed to make the impact he would have liked at Barcelona, with Spanish papers reporting the interest in recent days.

Reports in Spain claim the 26-year-old has hit rock bottom having struggled to settle. However, this publication also understands that, with no such release clause in place for this summer, Barça feel they will have a real problem putting together a deal that would persuade the Ligue 1 club to do business this year.

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With Coutinho only playing 34 to date, the Reds are still due £13.2 million if their former player reaches a century of league games. 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. Once again, they would only pay that if Coutinho is still at the club.

He's now played 34 at the time of writing, meaning the first payment has already been triggered - while Barca have already paid £4.4 million after qualifying for this season's Champions League and will do so again if they are in Europe's premier competition again next year as expected.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is understood to be keen to come back to Camp Nou, but would cost similar to his world-record fee of €222 million (R3.53 billion) that saw him leave Spain for France.

If that's not enough to annoy Liverpool, imagine the fury if it was Man Utd that signed him and ultimately saw them miss out on that money...


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