Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea in Philippe Coutinho transfer dogfight with Barcelona star desperate for £90m Prem return – The Sun

PHILIPPE COUTINHO is edging closer to a Premier League return with Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea battling for his signature, according to reports.

The former Liverpool playmaker is looking for a new club this summer with Barcelona hopeful of cashing in.

Coutinh0, 27, has spent the campaign on loan with Bayern Munich but the German champions opted against making his temporary stay a permanent one.

It means his signature is up for grabs with Barca slapping a £90million price-tag on his head.

But they are desperate to try and recoup some of the £145m they paid for him when he made the switch to the Nou Camp in 2018.

Although he has struggled to find form since leaving the Reds, the Premier League trio believe they can get the best out of Coutinho.

Arsenal are making the strongest case to bring him to the Emirates with boss Mikel Arteta ready to make him the lynchpin in his side.

With the likes of high earners Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz braced to leave, the Spaniard will free up the wage bill to offer Coutinho a tempting package.

His transfer fee remains a problem but like Arsenal are doing with £72m addition Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners will hope to pay it over installments.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho feels Arteta's style of football would help him achieve his best form on the field.

The article also states how the player would be itching to get his career back on track in England's top flight.


Man Utd remain interested but prioritise the signings of Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

Chelsea are also monitoring his situation with boss Frank Lampard hopeful of bolstering his attack with star-studded names.

Newcastle and Leicester have also been linked but it is believed a switch to the duo aren't in Coutinho's plans.

Coutinho's best season came under Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers in the 2016/17 campaign when he scored 13 and assisted seven.

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