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Philippe Coutinho 'rules out Manchester United move, Chelsea interested'

Coutinho 'rules out United move, Chelsea interested'
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Philippe Coutinho rules out a move to Manchester United but a summer transfer to Chelsea could still be a possibility, according to a report.

Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has reportedly ruled out a move to Manchester United, leaving the door open for Chelsea to pounce.

The Brazil international is believed to have been targeted by the Premier League pair ahead of the summer window.

Coutinho has only spent the last 15 months at Camp Nou, but he has failed to justify his £142m price tag and Barca may look elsewhere for a new creative talent.

Spanish outlet Sport suggests that the 26-year-old would be open to a return to English football, where he thrived for Liverpool before his January 2018 departure, but he does not want to join the Red Devils.

United supporters jeered Coutinho throughout last week's Champions League quarter-final first leg, making it clear that they will not forget his Liverpool past, and the attacking midfielder does not want to betray his former side.

Chelsea are 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.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be in the running as Neymar has pushed his club to make a move for his compatriot and close friend.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City35292489226789
2Liverpool35277179205988
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal35206969462366
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd35197963501364
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35149124443151
8Watford35148135050050
9Everton35147145044649
10Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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