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Philippe Coutinho

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly received financial support from his employers so as to get some important players at the ongoing transfer window.

The former Molde manager is now set to spend big on Barcelona playmaker Phillipe Coutinho who joined the Catalans from Liverpool during last year’s winter market.

The Brazilian hasn’t justified his £142m price tag since his switch to Camp Nou and this season has been a very poor one for him.

He has seen himself dropped down the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde, starting just nine games and scoring only four goals in the process.

His uninspiring form has reportedly forced the Catalans into making a move to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-German this month while declaring him ‘surplus to requirements’.

Despite Coutinho’s form, Solskjaer is more than willing to lure him to Old Trafford this month but Barcelona hope to sell him at a huge price.

According to Calciomercato, the Blaugranas are looking to receive nothing below £140m for his signature but it is very much unlikely that the Red Devils would be willing to take such an offer.

Solskjaer is optimistic the La Liga title holders will reduce the Brazilian price tag as the market progresses and he will Intensify his desire to lure him to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer and his players are training hard ahead of their trip to Wembley Stadium where they will battle free-scoring Tottenham on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochetino’s side are third on the League table but they must be in their best form against the rejuvenated United team to get positive result

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