Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with the agent of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho ahead of launching a bid this summer.
The 27-year-old is on a season-long loan deal at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga club have revealed they won’t activate the option to make the move permanent.
That means the Brazilian will return to Barcelona at the end of the season, where he appears unlikely to regain a place in the starting XI.
Coutinho moved to the Camp Nou from Liverpool three years ago but has failed to secure regular first team football and looks set to leave this summer with Gunners said to be interested in bring him back to England.
According to Le10sport.com, Arsenal have made the 27-year-old one of their top transfer targets and opened talks with his agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge admirer of Phlilippe Coutinho, who can play either in an attacking midfield role or as a left sided forward.
However, this morning one of Gunners official twitter provided an updates about Coutinho propose switch to Emirates stadium – stated that ‘in principle, Raul Sanllehi will initiate contact with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian in coming day. Mikel Arteta is convinced the player can re-establish himself at the Premier League. #AFC are willing to make great efforts to secure his signature [info: reliable @EduPolo]’
During his time in England with Liverpool, Coutinho scored 41 goals in 152 games and established himself as one of Europe’s most highly-rated attacking talents.
Now he’ll be determined to reestablish his reputation and Arsenal could provide the opportunity to do just that as Mikel Arteta looks to rebuild the Gunners squad he inherited when he replaced Unai Emery in December.
Arsenal could face competition for his services from a host of top European clubs, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea who are also reported to be weighing up a move.
Watch Philippe Coutinho brilliant performance against Tottenham in Uefa Champions league below