Arsenal and Newcastle have both been offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho, according to a fresh report from Goal.
Both clubs have been previously credited with holding an interest in the Brazilian playmaker. However, as yet, no deal has materialised.
But this fresh report claims that Barcelona are now taking active steps to move the former Liverpool an on and have reportedly offered Coutinho to both Newcastle and Arsenal.
No response has come their way from either club, it is claimed.
Coutinho is on the chopping block at the Nou Camp after failing to hit the heights he did at Anfield since sealing a mega-money move to the Spanish giants. Indeed, he was farmed out to Bayern Munich for the past 18 months, where he once again failed to really get going.
A move back to the Premier League, then, appears to be the likely scenario for Coutinho, with both the Gunners and Magpies seemingly targeted as potential destinations.
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And that will be the sticking point that goes through the heads of any potential buyer in the Premier League.
Yes, Coutinho is a superb player on his day with proven PL pedigree but where are those wages going to come from? It is reported he earns around £240k-a-week, according to the Express.
Arsenal are struggling to come up with that sort of money to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Newcastle still haven’t been taken over.
However, he’d be a superb signing if either club can get the best from him. And with Barcelona now seemingly desperate for Coutinho to leave, now could be the ideal time to strike the best deal.