Barcelona have told Manchester United to pay £88m for midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the Brazilian star looks to leave La Liga side this month.

Coutinho joined the Catalan side just in January 2018 from Liverpool in a fee worth up to £142 million.

Meanwhile, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde continues to pick Ousmane Dembele over the Brazilian.

The former Inter Milan ace has been strongly linked with Premier League return with Manchester United have emerged as potential suitors.

But ESPN pundit and Serie A expert David Amoyal has revealed that Barcelona are demanding at least €100m (£88m) for the 26-year-old.

“After falling behind Ousmane Dembele in coach Ernesto Valverde’s pecking order, Coutinho is reportedly unhappy with the reduced playing time,” Amoyal told ESPN.

“This situation seems to be of great interest to Manchester United, who reportedly already sent out feelers to assess the feasibility of a deal and to make their interest manifest to the player’s agents.

“However, a deal looks rather unlikely in January, since the Blaugrana would want more than €100 million to even consider the departure of the crown jewel of their transfer campaign last winter.”

The Brazil international, who is under contract with Barca until 2023, has scored 16 times in 47 appearances for La Liga champions.

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