Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho reportedly hinge on two major factors, according to claims in England
After an underwhelming loan spell at Bayern Munich, Coutinho will return to Barcelona, but his future seemingly lies far away from the Camp Nou.
Cast-strapped Catalans are in a hurry to get rid of the Brazilian’s whopping £9million-a-year wages to balance the books after the coronavirus lockdown put the squeeze on their financials.
Although they’ve already lowered the asking price for the out-of-favor playmaker, no club has shown a desire to buy Coutinho outright.
Instead, all interested parties are looking to bring in the former Liverpool star on loan with an option to buy, which also suits Barca’s plans.
The 28-year-old appears to favor a return to the Premier League, where he became one of the most highly-respected attacking players on the planet.
Several top English sides have already taken an interest in Coutinho, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
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The player's agent, Kia Koorabchian, has spent the last few weeks sounding out clubs to take the Brazilian on loan next season, with the player keen to return to the Premier League.
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However, the Gunners are the front-runners in the race to snap up the Brazil international, although that deal depends on two significant factors, report Daily Mirror.
Firstly, the financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis has devastated Arsenal’s budget for the upcoming transfer window, which makes it almost impossible for the London outfit to spend €20million on Coutinho’s loan.
Secondly, Mikel Arteta’s side finished in a disappointing eighth place and will not be able to offer Coutinho European football unless they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
If they do manage to qualify for the Europa League next season, it would also have a good impact on Arsenal’s finances.
The forward’s agent Kia Joorabchian, who also holds close ties with the Londoners, has recently revealed Coutinho’s will to return to the Premier League.
“We are looking to see if an option becomes available in the Premier League because that’s where he’s already enjoyed success.”