Mauricio Pochettino calls Philippe Coutinho as Brazilian nears loan move

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2019

Philippe Coutinho will not return to the Premier League this month despite Barcelona offering him to a number of English clubs in recent weeks, sources at the Catalan club have told ESPN FC.

And although Arsenal distanced themselves from a transfer on Monday, North London rivals Tottenham have now been strongly linked with a move.

On August 6th, RAC1 reported that Tottenham Hotspur have been negotiating with Barcelona for the potential signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Despite operating with a reduced budget, Arsenal have already struck permanent deals for Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba, as well as a loan move for Dani Ceballos, but Unai Emery remains eager to add even more new faces.

The Gunners finally appear to be willing to sign a new central defender. But is it too late?

Nevertheless, a last-minute offer from any of England's top five clubs can not be ruled out with transfer activity set to intensify as the Thursday deadline approaches.

Daniele Rugani of Juventus, RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano and, amazingly, David Luiz of Chelsea have all been linked with moves to the Emirates. However, the rumours were quickly played down by the defender, who said: 'I have a contract, I feel happy in Barcelona'. And they have done for about a decade now.

Arsenal are also desperately trying to bring in a top class centre-back before the window closes after Laurent Koscielny joined Bordeaux on Tuesday and the L'Equipe claims we're in advanced talks with sign David Luiz from Chelsea.

Coutinho was bought by Barcelona from Liverpool just 18 months ago for at least €120 million.

Spurs could lose their star midfielder Christian Eriksen before Thursday's transfer deadline with the Argentine manager viewing Coutinho as an ideal replacement.

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