Philippe Coutinho will not join Manchester United this summer out of respect for Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian looks set to leave the Nou Camp this summer after failing to live up to his £142million price tag since leaving Anfield in January 2018.
Man United were tracking the 27-year-old with a view to signing him this summer, but it now appears the playmaker will make the switch to Ligie 1 instead, with Paris-Saint Germain in talks.
Sky Sports claims the former Liverpool star is open to the PSG move and would reject any advance from United this summer out of respect for his former side.
South American football expert Tim Vickery believes Coutinho was never going to succeed with the Catalan giants despite fulfilling a lifelong “dream” of joining them last year.
“It hasn’t worked and I’m not sure how it can work,” said Vickery. “I’m also convinced that he couldn’t say no. How can you say no when Barcelona come knocking? As a Brazilian, you could never say no, but there are clearly two problems.
“One is that they signed him as an [Andres] Iniesta replacement, and he’s not. Nobody’s an Iniesta replacement, but certainly not Coutinho. He’s not a genuine midfielder; he does his best work in the final 30 metres of the field. He was signed for a role that he’s not fit for.
“Also with [Luis] Suarez losing a little bit of pace, that’s why [Ousmane] Dembele is ahead in the pecking order. You can’t see him fitting into the midfield three and you can’t see him fitting into the front three – and his relationship with the supporters seems to have broken down.
“The problem is Barcelona spent so much money on him; how much of a loss are they prepared to take to offload him?
“The most logical place for him to come, surely, would be the Premier League. He did very well at Liverpool, and remember that relationship he had with [Mauricio] Pochettino at Espanyol. Is there a little light flashing there?”