Mikel Arteta has already confirmed Philippe Coutinho Transfer to Arsenal


Mikel Arteta has already confirmed Philippe Coutinho Transfer to Arsenal

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has already confirmed Philippe Coutinho Transfer to Arsenal

Philippe Coutinho, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is the subject of plenty of transfer interest from the Premier League

He missed Der Klassiker on Tuesday due to an ankle injury as Bayern Munich beat Dortmund and took a huge step towards an eighth Bundesliga title in a row.

If Arsenal press forward with an attempt to sign Coutinho, though, they will face heavy competition from Chelsea in particular.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester have all been linked with moves for the playmaker, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018.

But according to ABC in Spain, Gunners head coach Arteta has laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season.

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Barcelona are looking to sell their flop and recoup some of the £145million they paid for him as they desperately raise funds for the likes of Lautaro Martinez.

Only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits as Nou Camp bosses desperately try to patch up the leaks in their accounts.

The report adds, though, that they would be willing to listen to offers of around £71m.

Arsenal who broke their record transfer fee to land Nicolas Pepe last summer for £72m but will pay Lille in instalments over five years.

For The 27 years old Coutinho, It was in England that he enjoyed the best years of his career so far but Arteta sees the Brazilian as a “dream signing” and someone he can help reach their “best level”.

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Across his league campaigns, the 2016/17 season under Jurgen Klopp was Coutinho’s most fruitful.

He pull up 13 goals and seven assists – the only time he has hit double figures for goals.

He has already scored eight and set up six in 22 Bundesliga games, equalling his next-best totals after that 2016/17 season.

However, despite Coutinho’s decent return, Bayern Munich confirmed they will pass on the chance to make the deal permanent for £105m.

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