Premier League giants, Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in the summer, with Sport claiming that the Red Devils are keen on adding another creative presence in midfield despite signing Bruno Fernandes.
Coutinho is currently on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich where he has failed to impress with it emerging that the Bavarians are unlikely to make his loan deal permanent come the end of the season.
The Brazilian has three more years left on his contract at the Nou Camp, though it is unlikely that he is part of the club's fans and now United have emerged as frontrunners despite the likes of Leicester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also expressing interest.
Fernandes' arrival has rejuvenated the Red Devils and manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to maintain that momentum and add another attacking outlet with Coutinho seen as the perfect player for them.
One of the reason why United are considered favourites to sign the 27-year-old is that they are one of the few clubs that can afford his massive transfer fee and wages, though the Catalan giants are understood to be unwilling to send him on another loan spell and would want to sell him on a permanent basis.
Despite coming in for criticism, the midfielder has managed to score nine goals and provide eight assists in 32 games this season and will no doubt provide a creative outlet to whichever club he does eventually move to in the summer.