ARSENAL and Tottenham are in a transfer fight to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan in January, according to reports.
Rivals in north London want to beef up their attacking options when the market reopens in the New Year.
Barcelona remains mired in financial chaos, with accumulated debts of around £ 1.15 trillion, so they must do everything they can to balance the books.
So getting another well-paid player out of the Camp Nou is a priority.
And according to El Nacional, Barça would be willing to continue paying half their salary of 200,000 pounds sterling a week to force a move.
The Spanish giants paid Liverpool a whopping £ 145 million for Coutinho in 2018.
But it hasn’t gone as planned for the Brazilian star.
He has 24 goals in 93 appearances, but failed to win over the fans and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich, winning the Champions League in 2020.
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And this season, the ex-Inter has just 82 minutes of action in LaLiga.
To make matters worse, for Thursday’s goalless draw with Cádiz, Ronald Koeman benched in favor of two teenagers.
Arsenal brought in playmaker Martin Odegaard this summer at £ 30 million.
But if they can get the 29-year-old back to the form of his Liverpool days (Coutinho had 41 goals and 35 assists in 152 Premier League games), it would certainly be an advantage as the Gunners attempt to return to Europe. the next season. .
Meanwhile, the Spurs face the possibility of losing the talisman Harry Kane next year, but have signed attacker Bryan Gil from Sevilla.
Last month, Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian hinted that the playmaker would not rule out returning to Liverpool because he still values the club.
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Joorabchian told Sky Sports: “I think Liverpool is very, very deep in his heart, he was a huge fan of them throughout the entire [last] Bell.
“He wanted them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there, so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal point of view.”
But it is understood that the Reds are not interested in making a move for their two-time player of the year to return to Anfield.
the-sun : Arsenal and Spurs battle to sign Philippe Coutinho in January loan as Barcelona fire another star with huge profits