Coutinho demands explanation from Barcelona management over selection snub

Andres Iniesta: Difficult To See Neymar Returning To Barcelona

Andres Iniesta: Difficult To See Neymar Returning To Barcelona

Barça spent months attempting to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and eventually succeeded last January after a €140m agreement was struck.

According to the same story, Manchester United would have to submit a "respectable" offer to have a chance of signing the Brazil worldwide.

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.

Earlier this week, Coutinho failed to impress in Barcelona's 2-1 defeat to Levante in the Copa del Rey and after the match Ernesto Valderde urged the Brazilian to improve.

Coutinho is unsurprisingly disappointed with how things are going.

Marca are reporting that Coutinho's confidence has taken a massive hit after his recent performances and that he's now at "rock bottom".

It has also been reported that Manchester United will wait till the summer and only make a bid after the finalisation of a permanent manager at the club. Even as Neymar's father recently lashed out at the "fake news" which suggested that Neymar is "desperate" for a move back to Camp Nou, Barca's sporting director Pep Segura stated that the Brazilian forward is not in the transfer market. "It would be different if we hadn't believed in him [and let him leave] and now we wanted to bring him back, but that's not the case". But Barcelona will only listen to offers that will see them pocket the same fee they paid for the player, reports Calcio Mercato.

Liverpool FC have reached the Champions League final and risen to the top of the Premier League table since Coutinho's departure in 2018. United already have good forwards like Martial, Lingard, Sanchez and Rashford.

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