Arsenal are growing increasingly confident of landing Philippe Coutinho on loan, with talks believed to be at an advanced stage.
Barcelona are desperate to offload Coutinho, who has struggled at the Nou Camp ever since arriving from Liverpool for £145millionin January 2018.
The Brazilian playmaker spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich but didn’t impress enough to earn a permanent move to the Bundesliga giants.
Coutinho, however, isn’t short of admirers and Arsenal have declared their interest in bringing the former Anfield hero back to the Premier League.
And according to Sport, his loan move is on the brink of being completed.
Indeed, the Spanish publication also claims that the Gunners ‘love’ the midfielder.
Arsenal’s relationship with Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has helped progress talks, with his client list including current Arsenal stars David Luiz and Cedric Soares.
Another of Joorabchian’s clients is Willian, who is believed to be close to signing for Arsenal.
“It’s no secret he wants to come back to the Premier League,” Joorabchian said at the end of July.
“It’s still very much open. There is a lot of genuine interest.
“He loves playing in the Premier League, he is adored playing in the Premier League and that is one of his priorities.”
Coutinho is one of several out-of-favour Barcelona players up for sale, with Martin Braithwaite and Jean-Clair Todibo also available.
Braithwaite is attracting interest from West Ham, with the Spaniards wanting to recoup the €18m they paid to sign the forward.
Todibo is also being linked with the Premier League, but Everton face competition from Italian giants Roma.