Report: Philippe Coutinho won’t make Manchester United move due to Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho of Brazil is congratulated by teammates after the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Brazil and Bolivia at Morumbi Stadium on June 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo,...

Manchester United reportedly want former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the Spanish Copa del Rey Final match between Barcelona and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 25, 2019 in Seville, Spain.

According to Sky Sports, Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho will not join Manchester United in the summer transfer window out of respect for Liverpool.

The report has claimed of interest in Coutinho from Premier League giants United, but the 27-year-old - who can also operate as a winger - will not move to the Red Devils due to his association with Liverpool.

 

Successful Liverpool spell

Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013 and soon established himself as a key figure in the Reds’ team.

The Brazil international was instrumental in the Merseyside outfit almost winning the Premier League title in 2013-14.

Spanish and European giants Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018 for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £105 million.

Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona in action during the Spanish Copa del Rey Final match between Barcelona and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 25, 2019 in Seville, Spain.

Disappointing Barcelona spell

Coutinho has struggled to make a huge impact at Barcelona and has not shown the form that he did when he was at Liverpool.

According to WhoScored, the Brazilian star made 22 starts and 12 substitute appearances in La Liga for Barca this past season, scoring five goals and providing two assists in the process.

Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona looks on prior to the Spanish Copa del Rey Final match between Barcelona and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 25, 2019 in Seville, .

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