Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, but Arsenal are more likely to complete a deal.
That’s according to the Independent. On Friday they broke a story claiming Barcelona are willing to sell Coutinho – who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich – to one of the Premier League’s north London clubs.
It is believed both Spurs and Arsenal are looking to prioritise loans and part-exchange deals this summer, and Barcelona’s interest in Gunners midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could help Arsenal in that regard.
The Independent suggests Mikel Arteta could secure Coutinho by paying £9 million and allowing Guendouzi to join Barcelona, while Tottenham do not have a player to send in exchange.
Coutinho would be a useful addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad, which had a Christian Eriksen-shaped hole in it during the second half of the season.
The former Liverpool ace would provide fire power and flair from midfield, and getting him would also prevent Arsenal from strengthening their squad. It seems Spurs must now find a way to offer to make a more appealing offer to Barcelona than their fierce rivals.