Guillem Balague responds to rumours that Man Utd are in talks with Philippe Coutinho

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It’s been a year since Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million from Liverpool to Barcelona.

However, the Brazilian’s dream move hasn’t exactly gone to plan.

The midfielder has scored 15 goals in his 45 appearances in all competitions and the Spanish media aren’t exactly singing his praises.

Marca have put together a report card after his first year at Camp Nou and concluded that he has “underwhelmed.”

So, will Barcelona cut their losses and offload Coutinho?

Well, on Monday, unsubstantiated reports emerged suggesting that Coutinho could be close to a sensational move to Manchester United.

Manchester Evening News were quoting the unreliable Caught Offside and wrote: “Manchester United have opened talks to sign Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window, according to a sensational report.

“According to the article United have already contacted Barcelona to enquire about any potential availability for Coutinho.”

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Coutinho to United seems unlikely for a number of reasons and it seems that it’s exactly that - unlikely.

That’s because one United fan wanted to clarify the rumours by asking Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

“Is there any truth in the United Coutinho rumours,” he asked.

And Balague needed just one word to answer that question: “Nope.”

Well, that’s that then.

Coutinho is still only 26-years-old and despite an “underwhelming” first year at Barcelona, there’s no way the Spanish club are willing to sell him with four years left on his current deal.

And why would Coutinho want to leave La Liga leaders Barcelona - the club he dreamed of playing for - to join his former rivals?

Sorry United fans, but it seems the chances of you signing Coutinho are extremely slim.

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