Barcelona and Arsenal could discuss a shock Philippe Coutinho loan deal when the two sides meet for the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday
The Brazilian playmaker has long been a subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and his former employees Liverpool, but the Gunners have now entered the race with a sensational idea of borrowing the Blaugrana outcast for one season.
But, the 27-year-old won’t come cheap, as the Catalans look for £110million to release Coutinho on a permanent basis, or £27m to let him leave on a season-long loan.
Coutinho’s stratospheric price tag means the North Londoners can’t afford him after breaking the bank to land Lille star Nicolas Pepe, but the club’s chiefs will try to negotiate his loan nonetheless.
The former Inter Milan man is expected to see his first-team action restricted at the Camp Nou next campaign following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
Signing the player of Coutinho’s caliber may prove decisive in Arsenal’s pursuit of the Premier League top-four finish next season, but they will need to perform a miracle to persuade Barcelona to lower their hefty valuation of the player.