The Evening Standard have claimed that interested clubs can raid Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho at the cut-price figure of just £70million this summer, amid reported interest from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Coutinho, 27, has gone downhill since his move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018. Indeed, the Brazil international played just 76 times for the Spanish giants before being offloaded on loan to Bayern Munich last summer.
Now, Coutinho is far from his best in Germany, being used in and out of the starting line-up. He has a hand in 17 goals during his 32 games, scoring nine and creating eight – but the 61-time international has only completed 90 minutes 10 times.
Bayern do not want to spend the permanent clause to land Coutinho beyond the summer, worth £105million. That is believed to force their asking price south, and it is claimed by the Standard that Barca may look to sell him for just £70million.
That will surely place the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and other Premier League sides on red alert. The Mirror claimed all three Premier League clubs are keen on the Brazilian, ahead of the summer window.
TBR’s view – Which club needs Coutinho most?
Manchester United completed the signing of Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window and the Portuguese ace has starred since his move to Old Trafford. Coutinho is too similar, and the two would just get in eachother’s way.
Tottenham could do with a bit more punch in the final third and with Dele Alli struggling for his best form, and Christian Eriksen leaving in January, a Coutinho in between the lines could be a top addition.
But Arsenal need him most. Mesut Ozil is being linked with an exit as he enters the final 12 months, and Coutinho would be an exquisite replacement.