Philippe Coutinho’s transfer value has dropped significantly, according to football market boffins.
And if new figures are to go by, United might be able to sign him at a somewhat reasonable price.
Barcelona paid €140million (£120m) for his services from Liverpool in January 2018, but he has struggled to make as big of an impact in La Liga as was previously hoped.
Coutinho’s form has dipped so drastically that he could also lose his place in the Brazil national team.
But now Transfermarkt, a website dedicated to football number crunching, believe that Coutinho’s transfer value has dropped to €100m (£86m).
Coutinho’s form has been of stark contrast to that of Ousmane Dembele, who has continued to flourish at Barcelona.
French international Dembele has impressed on the pitch and has seen his personal transfer value rise.
Despite Coutinho’s struggles, Barce chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that the club will be patient with him.
Speaking to Radio Kanal Barcelona, he said: “The club has taken another path, with Dembele and Coutinho, it was a bet that must be followed.
“They are the two biggest investments in the history of the club in signings and we trust 100 per cent in this bet.”
Coutinho was largely expected to fill the void left in the Barcelona team left by legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta but has struggled to step out of the Spaniard’s shadow.
He was named on the bench for Wednesday night’s El Clasico game with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey and only came on in the 75th minute when his side were 3-0 up.