Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Arsenal never discussed Coutinho loan - Emery

Arsenal never discussed Coutinho loan - Emery

After the recruitment of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, who has returned on loan to Saint Etienne, and Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal and Raul Sanllehi, their CEO in charge of football operations, are now focusing actively on recruiting a centre-back.

Arsenal had considered swooping for Coutinho after it emerged that Barca were open to letting him go, but with Mesut Ozil still in the side and defensive reinforcements their priority in the closing days of the window, they are in no rush to spend big on the former Inter star.

Arsenal are interested in RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano and Juventus' Daniele Rugani but are not close to agreeing a fee for either player.

With the Premier League transfer window ending on Thursday evening, Tottenham will have to make a decision relatively quickly if they want to add Coutinho to their already impressive attack with the likes of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura, among others.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the player has been offered to both Manchester United and Tottenham.

Coutinho played under Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol and has maintained a great relationship with the Argentine coach. Barça aren't anxious and believe, should a move to the Premier League fall through, another European side will offer Coutinho an escape route.

A move to Spurs is complicated, though, and would depend on a number of factors. The Brazilian came to Barcelona on a 142 million euros switch from Liverpool in January of 2018 but has failed to live up to expectations.

United would have to pay a significantly higher fee than a European suitor to land Eriksen but there is hope Levy would accept much less than the £130million English clubs were being quoted at the end of last season.

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