That is according to Spanish sports journalist Alfredo Pedulla anyway, who took to his Twitter account to make the claim that Barca would duke it out with United for the 28-year-old forward if deals for Coutinho and Dembele fell through.
A three-man delegate from Barcelona traveled to Germany earlier in the week to hold talks with the Bundesliga outfit.
Dortmund confirmed they had rejected an offer from Barca for the France winger on Thursday, insisting it did not match their valuation. The France global is now suspended owing to his actions.
The Catalan giants have made the player their number one priority as we head into the final three weeks of the window but with Liverpool continuing to play hardball over the price of their star midfielder, Sportitalia (via The Express) claims the Blaugrana may turn their attention to Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.
The France worldwide has been identified as Barca's top target to replace Neymar after his move to Paris Saint-Germain, with Dortmund confirming this week that they'd rejected their opening offer. Barcelona will hope that their second offer is accepted as they are keen to complete the signing before the start of the La Liga season on 18 August.
Despite Barca's continuous interest in the talented Brazilian, Liverpool have been reluctant to let Coutinho leave, and have reportedly turned down two bids in the span of one week.
It remains to be seen if the youngster will prove successful in his efforts to force a move, but he has strongly hinted he wants to be allowed to join the Nou Camp.