Arsenal are reportedly following local rivals Tottenham in declaring themselves unwilling to meet Barcelona’s terms demand for signing playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan this summer.
The 27-year-old is set to be allowed to leave the Camp Nou this as Barcelona seek funds for their potential transfer target.
Despite made impressive starting at Bayern Munich, with scored eight goals and provided six assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances, the German club are unwilling to turn this season’s loan into a permanent deal.
With the summer transfer market set to be hugely affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis, ESPN report that Barcelona are also willing to sanction another loan deal for Philippe Coutinho in order to get him off the books for a year.
However, any club who wants to take the Brazilian playmaker on board for the 2020/21 season would have to stump up a loan fee of around £10million and cough up all his £250,000 a week wages.
Those salary demands haven’t been met with approval by Arsenal, who the report states have been offered the chance to sign Coutinho along with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Any potential deal could also be impacted by Arsenal’s agreement with their players to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut for next season which was agreed back in April.
The Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea remain in the race to bring Coutinho – who spent five years at Liverpool – back to the Premier League, but they too are thought to be unwilling to accept the terms on offer from the Camp Nou giants.