Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly on the verge of sealing a transfer to Arsenal on a season-long loan according to a report by L’Equipe.
It’s no longer a secret that Barçelona urgently needs to offload Coutinho as he seems to have under-performed and it’s been rumored each day that they are open to a loan and that they’re searching for a buyer within the English Premier League. Time is no longer on their side out for that possibility because the summer transfer window closes in Britain soon.
L’Equipe journalist Bilel Ghazi claims the Gunners will take Coutinho on loan, ending a nightmare 18 months for the Brazil attacker since his £142 million to Barcelona from Liverpool.
PSG have equally been linked with Coutinho, however Arsenal have reportedly won the race for the 27-year-old.
Journalist Bilel Ghazi confirms in his report that the deal is bound to occur, which apparently confirms that the 2 clubs did talk concerning a Coutinho deal in the course of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Coutinho is at the moment in the USA with the Barça squad training for Wednesday’s friendly game against Napoli, nevertheless it wouldn’t be arduous for him to move over to London to complete the deal if it actually occurs.
However, according to a tweet by French journalist Julien Laurens, who lives in England, Arsenal will not be signing Coutinho, he also said that they never were in for the Barcelona player in the first place.
Arsenal are not signing Coutinho. They are not in for him and never were. They are looking actively for a centre back before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) August 6, 2019