Philippe Coutinho will return to Barcelona after completing his loan spell at Bayern Munich, and the Catalan club don’t have him in their plans for next season.
For the past few weeks, there’s been repeat claims in the Spanish press about Arsenal’s interest in the Brazil international.
On August 5th, Sport reported the Gunners ‘love’ the 28-year-old and he ‘could land at Arsenal’ this summer.
In the last 24 hours, multiple outlets have stated the attacking midfielder is ‘close’ to joining the FA Cup winners, citing Sport as the source.
Journalist Miguel Rico has cleared the confusion by providing an update on Coutinho in today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo.
Rico further adds Barca have not only denied receiving any offer for the player, but they have also denied negotiating with Arsenal for Coutinho’s transfer, either on loan or through a permanent sale.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, for his part, prioritises selling the South American over letting Coutinho go out on loan for a fee of €10m, with the club [that signs him] taking care of his full wages.