Philippe Coutinho set to join Arsenal on season-long loan from Barcelona

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Comment Philippe Coutinho set to join Arsenal on season-long loan from Barcelona Philippe Coutinho has agreed to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in France.L’Equipe claim the Gunners have struck an agreement with the La Liga giants to sign the former Liverpool playmaker.Bilel Ghazi, who broke news of Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and his subsequent desire to return to Barcelona, claims Coutinho has agreed to move to the Emirates for the 19/20 campaign.The deal, should it go through, would be a huge coup for the Gunners given they’re unable to offer Champions League football.ADVERTISEMENT Coutinho is keen to play first team football (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are likely to pay Barcelona a significant loan fee for Coutinho, who joined the club in 2018 for a fee that could rise to £144m.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, his move to the Camp Nou has been far from a success and he was booed by a large section of home supporters throughout last season.The club are also desperate to recoup funds after signing Griezmann for around £107million from Atletico Madrid.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal completed a club record move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe last week and had been expected to focus on defensive reinforcements in the last 48 hours of the transfer window.A centre-back was considered a priority, while Kieran Tierney remains first choice to be signed at left-back.However, with Coutinho desperate to leave the Camp Nou for first team football, an opportunity to sign the Brazilian appears to have been too good to turn down.MORE: Derby Count confirm Wayne Rooney signing Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.6kShareslast_img

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