Arsenal ‘open talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent’ after Bayern Munich opted against making Barcelona outcast’s loan move permanent
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is said to be desperate to sign Philippe Coutinho
- Chelsea are also believed to be considering a move for the 27-year-old
- Coutinho is out of favour at Barcelona and has three years left on his contract
Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with the agent of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho ahead of launching a bid this summer.
Coutinho is on a season-long loan deal at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga club have revealed they won’t activate the option to make the move permanent.
That means the Brazilian will return to Barcelona at the end of the season, where he appears unlikely to regain a place in the starting XI.
Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent over a summer move
Coutinho is on loan at Bayern Munich but the club say they won’t sign him on a permanent deal
Coutinho has scored nine goals in 32 games for Bayern but that wasn’t enough to earn a move
Coutinho moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool three years ago but has failed to secure regular first team football and looks set to leave this summer.
According to Le10sport.com, Arsenal have made the 27-year-old one of their top transfer targets and opened talks with his agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge admirer of Coutinho, who can play either in an attacking midfield role or as a left sided forward.
It was in those two roles that he rose to prominence at Liverpool, where he spent four seasons before moving on to Barca in a £142 million deal.
Coutinho, 27, will now return to Barcelona but looks likely to leave the Nou Camp this summer
During his time at the Reds, Coutinho scored 41 goals in 152 games and established himself as one of Europe’s most highly-rated attacking talents.
Now he’ll be determined to reestablish his reputation and Arsenal could provide the opportunity to do just that as Arteta looks to rebuild the Gunners squad he inherited when he replaced Unai Emery in December.
Arsenal could face competition for his services from a host of top European clubs, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea who are also reported to be weighing up a move.
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