Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The Gunners have been linked with the Barcelona and Brazil playmaker for a number of months.
Spanish outlet ABC claimed in May that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season.
Last week, meanwhile, The Sun reported that the North Londoners were in talks with Barca over a loan switch, with both clubs paying a share of his £240,000-a-week wages.
The latest report, from Sport, claims that Kia Joorabchian is very close to securing Willian’s signing for Arsenal before adding that Coutinho could be next, with Arsenal said to “love him”.
Although not finalised, with all parties needing to “make an effort to make the transfer possible” and Barca keeping the door open on other suitors, “decisive days are coming”, says the outlet.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, having struggled at Barca since joining from Liverpool for £130million in January 2018 and, back in April, he was reported to have a £72million price tag (Evening Standard).
Coutinho is a player of the highest calibre who simply doesn’t appear to be the right fit for Barcelona, and likewise at Bayern, but he has proven quality at the highest level, including in the Premier League.
With Mesut Ozil out of favour at the Emirates Stadium, the 28-year-old Brazilian could add proven quality in attacking midfield for a team going places under Arteta, and it’s promising to see reports suggesting a deal is edging closer.