Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to land the former Liverpool midfielder and a loan deal to take the player to north London has been the subject of discussions between the two clubs.
Barcelona won the Spanish championship last season but were stung in the Champions League after losing an epic semi-final to eventual winners Liverpool.
So if United manage to seal his signature, it is thought that Spurs will swoop for Coutinho on loan, with an option to buy.
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The latest furore surrounding Coutinho's future came when L'Equipe reported that the Brazil global had 'agreed' to move to north London this summer, while elsewhere as many as four Premier League sides were being linked with a transfer ahead of Thursday's deadline.
Bayern Munich have turned their attention on Barcelona and Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho during the summer transfer window. Such is the contrast in reports, it's hard to tell what either Coutinho or Barcelona want to do this summer with regards to his future.
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United could still make a move for Coutinho, but are waiting on a decision from Eriksen before they approach Barcelona for Coutinho again.
'We have private conversations and I don't think it's correct to talk about them here. We hope something will happen.
'I am convinced that there are many people [at the club] who were very happy with his output.
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With injury and suspension ruling Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son out of contention for Saturday's match against Aston Villa, Lucas will look to use this opportunity to replicate his form from the start of last season, which saw him claim the Premier League player of the month award for August 2018.