Published On: Tue, Apr 14th, 2020

Chelsea and Arsenal offered two options to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho | Football | Sport


Barcelona are reportedly desperate to offload Philippe Coutinho this summer they have offered Chelsea and Arsenal two options to wrap up a deal.

Coutinho has struggled to find his top form since moving to the Nou Camp from Liverpool for £142million in January 2018.

The Brazilian has spent this season on loan at German giants Bayern Munich but his performances have been below par.

The Bundesliga side are not keen on making the move permanent so Barcelona will have to find new suitors.

According to the Sun, Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal will be given two options.

They claim the first is a 12-month loan in which half of Coutinho’s £290,000-a-week wages would need to be covered.

The second option is a cut-price permanent transfer for a £75m fee.

Manchester City are also said to be interested but Arsenal and Chelsea are more likely to land the 27-year-old.

It is unclear if Coutinho will ever be able to rediscover his top form so paying for a long-term deal is much more of a gamble.

Despite this, former Liverpool star Phil Thompson reckons Jurgen Klopp should join the race to take the midfielder back to Anfield.

“They are probably looking at that creative midfield player,” he said.

“Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in a heartbeat. I think he’s a creative genius.

“You look back at his Liverpool career and he was absolutely terrific.

“He’s not too old and I still think he could come back.

“It probably won’t happen but it’s that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance.”

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has explained that his client would “love” a return to England.

“The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret,” he told Sky Sports News. “I don’t have any preference where the players go.

“I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.

“After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it. The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in.”



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