Report: Arsenal given go ahead, as Barca set loan fee with clause for Coutinho

Arsenal have been given the green light to pursuit a loan move for midfielder Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona requesting a fee of just under £9million on a loan deal this summer.

The 27-year-old has been widely tipped to return to the English Premier League after struggling to adapt to life at the Camp Nou.

Coutinho, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 with £142million, struggled to live up that pricetag, despite 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 appearances for the La Liga giants.

Despite impressive loan spent at Bayern for the 2019/20 campaign, with nine goals and eight, the German giants have opted not to activate their £107m purchase clause.

Coutinho, who is currently suffered ankle injury problems his being pursued by several English giants with Arsenal reportedly leading the race ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Now, according to reports from Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, claims The Catalan giants are willing to facilitate a second successive loan move.

The option of a season-long loan, with a £9m fee, has been mentioned, but Barcelona will now include an obligatory purchase clause, rumoured to be set at £70million.

That’s a significant drop on the £120million that Bayern baulked and may be within reach of Arsenal, who would have another 12 months to generate the funds to purchase the 27-year-old outright.

Watch Philippe Coutinho brilliant performance for Bayern Munich this season below

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