Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could engage in a transfer battle this summer, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the pair are amongst the Premier League clubs to make an enquiry for Philippe Coutinho.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners and Spurs have been joined by Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for the Brazilian. The report notes however, that Liverpool are not currently showing an interest in re-signing the 27-year-old.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. He has scored eight goals and provided six assists in the Bundesliga this term.
However, the Mirror suggests that the Bavarian side are not planning to meet his £100 million asking price this summer. They paid £7 million to take him on loan, and are covering his £240,000-a-week wages.
And Bayern’s apparent reluctance to keep the playmaker has opened the door for Coutinho to make a potential return to the Premier League.
The Mirror notes that Coutinho has admitted to friends that he should have never left Liverpool. And he is now hoping for a return to England.
Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea all reportedly want him. However, the Mirror adds that the quartet are only interested in taking the £142 million man on loan.
TBR View – Loan move could be inspired for either Arsenal or Spurs
It remains to be seen if Barcelona are willing to sanction another loan. But if they cannot attract a permanent bid, the Catalan giants will surely be tempted.
Judging by what Bayern are paying, it will be an expensive loan. However, it could be an inspired piece of business for the likes of Arsenal and Spurs if they could get something done.
He was outstanding during his time at Liverpool. And it would be no surprise if his presence at the club helped attract a number of the players now set to guide Jurgen Klopp’s men to the title.
He has not looked as impressive at Barca or Bayern. But on loan, he could be well worth the outlay for either Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho.