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Rumors surround Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona take on Manchester United

Could he be switching sides next season?

Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho’s agents will meet with FC Barcelona after the Manchester United match, Diario SPORT informs. The purpose of the meeting is to figure out what will happen to the Brazilian next season. An exit has been long rumored, and coincidentally, United are one of the potential suitors.

Coutinho started as Barça won the first leg of this UEFA Champions League tie 1-0 at Old Trafford, but he may be replaced by Ousmane Dembélé in the starting XI at Camp Nou as the Frenchman returns to fitness.

The Brazilian has struggled to adapt to Ernesto Valverde’s formation and has not hit peak form yet. SPORT says Barcelona are willing to give him more time, but the player himself is having doubts.

The directors of the club, the manager, even the players themselves reportedly want Coutinho to stay. They think it’s only a matter of time until he fully fits into the side. Not only do they appreciate his vast skill, they are reportedly very happy with his humble and easy-going nature. However, the player himself has started to think that perhaps he needs a new challenge, according to the report.

Coutinho was met by whistles and boos at Old Trafford for his past at Liverpool, which might make it unlikely that he signs for United. However, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also potential landing spots for the attacker.

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