MANCHESTER UNITED will pass on the opportunity to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports.
The Red Devils are believed to have been offered the chance to speak to the former Liverpool attacking midfielder.
And as they also hunt for a striker, Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele have caught their eye.
Despite the Red Devils’ rejection, Coutinho is set to have no shortage of potential Premier League suitors.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the 27-year-old is being chased by a number of clubs – including Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Leicester City.
Barcelona would like to recoup as much of the £142million they paid Liverpool for the Brazilian as possible – and could try and charge £90m.
This could put Arsenal off in particular, given their small transfer budget, although the Gunners could try and pay it in instalments – as they are doing so for Nicolas Pepe.
As for Newcastle, Coutinho could provide the perfect statement of intent, once the takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund goes through.
Since leaving Anfield, his reputation has taken a huge hit, however.
Prior to being deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, he scored 21 goals and assisted a further 11 in all competitions.
He was shipped off to Bayern Munich on loan this season – where he has netted nine times and laid on eight strikes in 32 appearances.
Despite reasonable performances from their on loan creative midfielder, the Bavarians are very unlikely to pursue signing him on a permanent basis.