Barcelona give verdict on Philippe Coutinho transfer to Premier League


The Gunners have surprisingly been linked with the former Liverpool man who has failed to impress Ernesto Valverde and is on the verge of moving out.

It has to be said that of those three defenders it would be Umtiti that would be my prefered option but as with the Rugani and Upamecano situations it is a case of money and whether it is a loan deal or permanent deal. The club captain, Laurent Koscielny, joined Bordeaux for a fee of €5m (4.6m) on Tuesday and the manager, Unai Emery, is looking to strengthen his defence. Such is the contrast in reports, it's hard to tell what either Coutinho or Barcelona want to do this summer with regards to his future.

The agreement being discussed would be a loan move, with Barcelona not at present wanting to sell Coutinho.

However, it's "unlikely" that any Premier League club will match Barcelona's £80million asking price.

The report further stressed that unless Coutinho accepts a loan switch to Tottenham, Neymar's deal will not see the light of the day, stressing that only top League have the financial might to pay the salaries to pay the of the Brazilian.

Sky Sports claim the Barcelona midfielder has rejected Spurs' approach to sign him on an initial loan deal.

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"The Brazil worldwide is out of favour at Camp Nou and reports in Spain and France have linked the Gunners with the former Liverpool player, with some even stating that a deal was close to completion".

Despite their Coutinho rejection, Spurs are still targeting a marquee signing this summer.

It was first suggested that a move to Arsenal was a possibility.

Coutinho had struggled to endear himself to the Barcelona faithful following his £145million move to the Nou Camp, and will be allowed to leave if a suitable party can be found.

But some rumours claim, the deal has collapsed because the Lilywhites were unable to meet the wage demands of the Brazilian.