The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal may have received a significant boost in their reported pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, with Marca reporting that Barcelona are struggling to find a buyer for the attacking midfielder this summer.
The Daily Mirror reported that four Premier League sides had made enquiries for the £142 million Brazilian with Bayern Munich not planning to take up the option in his loan deal.
According to the Mirror, Spurs and Arsenal were joined by Chelsea and Manchester United in the running for Coutinho. However, the quartet were said to only be interested in a loan deal.
They may therefore, have anticipated that it may be difficult to secure a deal for the 27-year-old. But a report from Marca appears to suggest that Barca may ultimately welcome the interest.
According to Marca, Barcelona are not going to attract any permanent bids for Coutinho with their asking price currently set at around £72 million ahead of the summer.
And thus, another loan move for Coutinho is the most feasible option, according to the report.
Of course, a loan move does not mean that he will come cheap.
The Mirror noted at the weekend that Bayern had paid £7 million as a loan fee. Meanwhile, they are also covering his £240,000-a-week wages.
But if the likes of Arsenal and Spurs are interested in signing Coutinho on loan, they would have surely been aware that he would cost a significant amount anyway.
So the latest update on Barcelona’s stance may be extremely encouraging.