?Arsenal’s exciting summer business could be set to continue as a report from France has claimed that Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho is set to join the Gunners on loan. However, contrary claims have since both dismissed Arsenal’s interest and suggested up to four Premier League clubs are interested in the Brazilian before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Despite operating with a reduced budget, Arsenal have already struck permanent deals for Nicolas Pepe and Saliba, as well as a loan move for Dani Ceballos, but Unai Emery remains eager to add even more new faces.
According to ?L’Equipe, Coutinho is said to have agreed to head to the Emirates Stadium this summer and bring an end to his nightmare in ?Barcelona.
Coutinho has been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain, perhaps as a replacement for ?Neymar if he sealed his return to Barcelona. However, after vice-president Jordi Cardoner ?ruled out a move for Neymar this summer, Coutinho’s future has been left up in the air.
Links to ?Arsenal quickly surfaced, although it seems incredibly uncertain whether there is any real substance to the story. Journalist ?Julien Laurens has since come out to insist that no such deal exists, going as far as to add that the Gunners have ‘never’ been interested in Coutinho.
Unai Emery seemed to confirm this recently to ?Cadena Ser, claiming that Coutinho has not been discussed by the club, even though he is a huge fan of the attacker.
It was even thought that Coutinho himself would be against such a move. His agent, Kia Joorabchian, has previously revealed that Coutinho would find it ?incredibly hard to return to the ?Premier League with any side other than ?Liverpool, with whom he spent five years before joining Barcelona.
Despite Joorabchian’s previous comments, TalkSPORT have since added petrol to the rumour fire by claiming that Arsenal are only one of four Premier League teams interested in a loan, with the other three being ?Manchester United, ?Tottenham and former club ?Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho has been offered to Arsenal (and not only…), he’d like to come back in Premier League. But Arsenal at the moment are totally focused on a CB. ??? #AFC #Barcelona #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 6, 2019
Coutinho’s agent has seemingly previously ruled out a move to Liverpool’s great rivals United, while Tottenham seem more likely to sign one of Bruno Fernandes or Giovani Lo Celso before Thursday’s deadline passes.
While Liverpool would be a romantic move for many, ?Jurgen Klopp has consistently stressed the club’s desire not to make significant changes to the squad this summer.
Regarding the Gunners, the belief is that they would prefer to spend any remaining budget on a new centre back, as well as complete a deal for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.