Arsenal Linked With Loan Move For Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona receive secret 'solid offer' for Philippe Coutinho – and club will pay his wages in full

Philippe Coutinho has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Arsenal after Mundo Deportivo revealed that his current employers Barcelona are working to seal a loan deal for the player.

Coutinho has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp with Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal often ahead of him towards the end of last season.

Due to his profile and how much he cost initially, Coutinho can't just be let go for nothing, as a result the club are waiting for an offer that is sizable enough to accept in economic terms.

The Catalan outfit are desperate to offload the misfiring Brazilian, with the latest murmurs suggesting they would be open to loaning the 27-year-old out for the coming season and inserting a clause which allowed the loan club the option to buy.

If Coutinho leaves Barcelona, his priority is to return to the Premier League and Arsenal have been linked with a move for him on loan this summer.

And SunSport quoting Spanish new outlet Sport report that both clubs are expected to finalise the deal when they face off for the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday, August 4.

As such, Barcelona begin to assume that Coutinho may be around for a further season, which they assure wouldn't be a problem, but this is a scenario that few in the club saw coming back in May.

The Brazilian scored 54 goals and provided 45 assists in 201 appearances for Liverpool before a move to Barcelona in January 2018 in a deal worth an initial £105 million.

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