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How Man Utd and Chelsea can sign Philippe Coutinho revealed by Guillem Balague

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That’s according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague, who believes the potential arrival of Antoine Griezmann could lead to Coutinho quitting Barcelona.

Griezmann last year announced his decision to stay with Atletico at the end of a 45-minute television special called The Decision.

But he could now be set for the Nou Camp after announcing he will leave Atletico at the end of the season.

That has led to reports that Coutinho, who has struggled since his move from Liverpool, could leave to accommodate him. Express Sport understands both Manchester United and Chelsea have shown an interest.

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“It’s been an interesting 48 hours. Before Griezmann announced he was leaving, you had Simeone actually talking as if he was not leaving,” Balague said.

“It was as if whatever decision was taken a day after would have surprised him.

“He was talking about Griezmann being a part of the project. He was the captain, he couldn’t see him wanting to go and of course a couple of months ago the chairman of Atletico was saying it was 3,000 per cent sure he would be staying. Today he’s talking about being disappointed.

‘It’s not much of a surprise, though. Griezmann has a buyout clause of 120million euros that gets reduced from 200million euros on July 1 - why would you do that?

“He earns 23million euros a year which means it’s a lot of money to pay and whoever he goes next to will pay him that.

“Even if it’s Barcelona, that’s what we think, but there’s no sign of it. Not from Barcelona or not from anyone else. Nobody has confirmed anything yet but we think it will be.

“Coutinho is not on the market. That’s what Barcelona are saying. His agent is saying he doesn’t want to go.

“But I think if someone came with 100 million and an offer that made him an important player, perhaps the most important player on this other club, then we’re talking.”

Coutinho's agent Andrea Bertolucci this week insisted his man was going nowhere, however. He told AS: "It's untrue that Griezmann is going to replace Philippe at Barcelona.

"I don't know why they are saying that. I don't know about that and that's why I don't want to talk any more, but it's false."

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