Coutinho to Manchester United: Barcelona to consider offers

Coutinho to Manchester United: Barcelona to consider offers

Luis Suarez opened the scoring, before Messi made it 2-0.

It has been a promising campaign from the Blaugrana so far, who now sit on top of the La Liga table with an impressive 5 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old, who was signed as an option for the left-forward position vacated by Neymar and also with a view to stepping into Iniesta's shoes, has not made either position his own and could now make way as Barca plan a sensational summer swoop for his worldwide team-mate.

Griezmann has now scored all of Atletico's last six goals and this latest one proved the difference in a cagey contest at the Wanda Metropolitano. The first was Cristiano Ronaldo, whose 409 goals came in 507 games in England, Spain and Italy. Coutinho to Suarez to Messi.

The Ousmane Dembele disciplinary saga earlier in the season has since been replaced by the uncertainty around Philippe Coutinho's future while their defensive woes have been a constant theme as has Malcom's lack of playing time.

He alone supplied three passes in the build-up to Suarez's opener.

Manchester United have been linked with a lot of players in the winter transfer window.

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Philippe Coutinho remains a "great player" who must simply work hard to win back his Barcelona starting spot, according to Ernesto Valverde.

Third-placed Sevilla lost 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao, ending its unbeaten run in nine rounds.

"We all pull the cart in hard moments", Griezmann said.

The Brazil star's goal - his first since the 5-1 crushing of Real Madrid in October - gave the holders reason for optimism ahead of next week's return leg, having fallen two goals behind in the opening 18 minutes at Ciutat de Valencia.

Luka Modric sent a thunderous shot into the top corner but Betis looked to be in the ascendancy after Sergio Canales poked in a second-half equaliser.

The Brazilian, who left the La Liga club under a cloud, has since drifted, playing understudy to young French sensation Kylian Mbappe, who continues to grab the headlines in Paris.

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