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EPL: Arsenal begin fresh Coutinho talks with Barcelona

Timothy Aiyeku

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Philippe Coutinho

The chances of having Brazilian international playmaker, Philippe Coutinho at the Emirates Stadium next season is becoming clearer if the latest report coming from Spain is anything to go by.

The North London outfit are keen on a deal with the Brazilian international as he is out of favour with his owners, Barcelona and are hoping to tie a deal with him this summer window.

Arsenal initially submitted a player-plus-cash offer, for Coutinho but the fee slammed for the deal was still high, despite the inclusion of highly-rated youngster, Matteo Guendouzi.

However, a Catalan Radio Stadion, RAC 1 reports that both teams are now on the negotiation table with the possibility of agreeing on a loan deal for Coutinho.

It is also reported that both teams will share the financial burden of the player’s wage to ensure a balanced benefit as he is not needed at the club for now.

However, it was not stated if the Gunners will still let go of Matteo Guendouzi as part of the terms for the deal but that would be known in the coming days.

Should the Gunners succeed in bringing Coutinho, he would be returning to the English Premier League for the second time after a spell with Liverpool some years back.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.