Arsenal Morning transfer update: Coutinho Agree Terms with Gunners
Welcome to Arsenal Morning transfer update as Brazilian Philippe Coutinho agree personal terms, according to Spanish publication Catalan Sport.
The printed version of the publication has claimed that an agreement has been reached between the player and Arsenal, and now it’s just down to the Gunners agreeing a deal with Barcelona.
Whether that’s true remains to be seen, but Coutinho could be one step closer to a return to the Premier League.
Arsenal Morning transfer update as Coutinho agent Joorabchian opens door to transfer
Barcelona midfielder Coutinho is ‘very much open’ to sealing a return to the Premier League, his agent Joorabchian has confirmed.
The Brazil international left Liverpool in January 2018 to seal a move to the Spanish giants and the move has not worked out how anyone had imagined it would.
However, the former Inter Milan star is now looking at the prospect of returning to England for a second spell in the Premier League.
“It’s no secret he wants to come back to the Premier League,” Joorabchian told TalkSport.
“It’s still very much open. There is a lot of genuine interest.”
Liverpool can be denied windfall
According to The Express, part of Liverpool’s £142m agreement that saw Coutinho move to Barcelona included an appearance-based add-on.
The report claims states Jurgen Klopp’s side will be paid a further £17.5million, but only if Coutinho reaches 100 appearances for Barcelona.
But with the Brazilian on 74 appearances, Arsenal sealing a deal would prevent this from happening.
£9m transfer fee
Arsenal could pay just £9million to sign Coutinho on a permanent deal this summer, according to the Independent.
The report claims that the Barcelona man has been offered to both Arsenal and Tottenham, but a move to the Emirates is the more likely of the two.
Matteo Guendouzi is likely to leave the club at the end of the season, and one option is for the Gunners to use the midfielder as part of a swap deal for Coutinho.
A deal involving Gunedouzi going to Barcelona plus a £9 million fee for Arsenal to take Coutinho permanently has been suggested as a solution.
The Arsenal hierarchy are said to be weighing up the option, although interest from Juventus in Guendouzi could throw a spanner in the works.
Arsenal are among the contenders to sign Philippe Coutinho, and according to The Times, Coutinho is on Arteta’s list of transfer targets.
The report claims the Arsenal boss has targeted the former Liverpool star with the intention of switching to a 4-3-3 formation next season.
The Arsenal head coach is familiar with the system predominantly used at Manchester City, after working under Pep Guardiola for three and a half seasons. At the Etihad, City often field a front three with a midfield trio of behind.
The Brazilian earns around £9million per year at Barcelona. To take him on loan last season, Bayern paid around £10million in a loan fee and then took his salary on board.
Money is expected to be tight this summer at the Emirates, even allowing for Europa League qualification after the FA Cup triumph.
Arsenal ‘propose formula’ for transfer
Reports in Spain claim that Arsenal are looking to push through a move for Coutinho, with the Gunners proposing a formula for the Barcelona man.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Arsenal have offered to take the player on loan with a option to purchase next summer, similar to the deal that Bayern Munich struck last year.
However, it also claims that Barcelona are unwilling to accept that offer straight away with the Catalan club looking to sell the Brazilian in order to raise funds.
The forward is proven in the League, having impressed for Liverpool before his move to the Nou Camp.
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