Philippe Coutinho was wanted by Barcelona this summer. (AMA/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona would have signed Philippe Coutinho this summer if Neymar hadn’t joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee.

The Manchester United manager feels PSG’s decision to spend £200 million on the Brazil international has changed the transfer market ‘for the worse in terms of prices’, and now claims the value of every player has markedly increased.

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Following Neymar’s departure, Barcelona attempted to sign Coutinho but their advances were rejected by Liverpool.

Barcelona have subsequently claimed that Liverpool demanded €200m (£183m) for the midfielder, and Mourinho believes a deal was possible this summer if the player’s price wasn’t inflated.

Neymar has changed everything, claims Jose Mourinho. (Getty Images)
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‘Neymar changed everything,’ Mourinho told The Times.

‘If the biggest transfer in history had still been [Paul] Pogba, I think Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at £101 million.’

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