Reported Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho is set for talks with Ronald Koeman over his future, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
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.
With the transfer window now open, speculation has only been getting stronger, with one early-August report from Sport suggesting personal terms had been agreed.
Now, Marca has reported that Coutinho will tell new Barca boss Ronald Koeman that he’s not sure about staying at the club beyond the summer, and would rather return to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has finished his loan spell with Bayern Munich, who haven’t taken up the option to buy him despite helping the club win the Bundesliga, German Cup, and Champions League treble.
Given Coutinho’s £71million price tag is likely to be beyond the budget of many clubs, a loan deal is the most likely option to reduce his Camp Nou wage bill for the upcoming season, added the report.
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 could add proven quality in attacking midfield for a team going places under Arteta.
It’s promising to see reports suggesting Coutinho could be edging closer to a departure from the Camp Nou and towards England – and perhaps the Emirates Stadium.