United Barca swoop ruled out
Barcelona have told Manchester United to forget about making a move for Philippe Coutinho at the end of the season.
The Brazilian has had a difficult time since joining Barca from Liverpool in January 2017, and reports have been rife suggesting he could be set for a sharp return to the Premier League.
United have been heavily linked with a swoop as they look to revamp their squad in the summer, with plenty of changes afoot, while Chelsea see him as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard, should he leave.
However both clubs could have to look elsewhere after Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said he has no intention of selling Coutinho.
Despite his difficult start to life at the Nou Camp, Barca still have high hopes for Coutinho and he remains firmly in their plans going forward.
"We expect a lot from him [Coutinho]," Bartomeu told Marca. "We do not want to sell him, he’s one of the good players we want to have."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.