Arsenal are planning an audacious loan move for Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho in a deal that could cost £27 million, according to reports in Spain.
Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142 million in January 2018 but he has failed to have the expected impact at the Camp Nou. With Antoine Griezmann having joined from Atletico Madrid and Frenkie de Jong from Ajax in the summer, Coutinho could find himself further down the pecking order and the Catalan side are willing to let him go.
While there had been interest from clubs – notably his old side Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain – nothing concrete has emerged.
However, Spanish publication Sport has claimed that Arsenal want to do a loan deal for the Brazilian.
It is well known that the Gunners’ transfer budget is restricted this summer – £45 million has been widely quoted – after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League.
It has been claimed Barca want £27 million to loan the player for the season, so Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi will have to judge whether they can afford him, especially as the side are in need of central defensive reinforcements as well.
Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports.
Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.
Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.
Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.
This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.
Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Premier League side Chelsea are considering making a move for Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho this summer – but only if they manage to get a transfer ban overturned.
Coutinho has endured a difficult spell in Barcelona since his initial £106 million love from Liverpool in January 2018. While he has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances, he has been hampered by injury and loss of form during that time.
However, the Brazilian remains highly rated by Chelsea as they seek attacking options, with playmaker Eden Hazard widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer.
However, whether they will be allowed to make signings is unclear. Last week, Chelsea lost an appeal to FIFA against a 2-window transfer ban for contravening rules regarding the signature of young players. They are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ban remains in place as legal proceedings are ongoing.
There has so far been little interest in Coutinho from England, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, with only the Blues showing an interest.
If Chelsea could sign him, Barca would want to recoup most if not all of their initial outlay. They could be willing to sell as they contemplate making reinforcements after yet another failure to land the Champions League title after surrendering a 3-0 first-leg lead to lose 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool last week.
Chelsea are planning to make a bid for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho this summer if, as expected, Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid.
Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid for some time and it is thought likely he will join Zinedine Zidane’s team in the summer transfer window.
Coutinho has been earmarked as a replacement by Chelsea bosses. While Coutinho hasn’t been the success hopes for since he joined Barca in January 2018 he is still highly regarded. At the same time, this relative lack of success means that the club may be prepared to sell him. That said, Barcelona would look to recoup most if not all of the initial £105 million they paid Liverpool for him.
However, this may all be academic if Chelsea fail to overturn a two-window transfer ban that UEFA slapped on them for breaking transfer rules. The Blues are appealing and hope to hear the result of that soon.
Barcelona have moved to quash speculation about forward Philippe Coutinho leaving the club by saying he will only be allowed to go if a club triggers his £355 million release clause.
Coutinho only joined Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million, but he hasn’t had the impact he or the club had hoped for – despite his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League last night. This has led to speculation that the 26-year-old could move on, with United and Chelsea both rumoured to be interested in a deal.
However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken out and made clear that Coutinho remains an integral part of manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans and he will only be sold if a club meets his astronomical release clause.
Bartomeu told Spanish TV station TVE that Coutinho “will remain with the team unless [another club] meet his release clause.
This statement is designed to put potential suitors off – neither club could afford the fee – but this stance could change if Barcelona pursue a deal to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain. If that happened, then they may be tempted to listen to offers.
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