North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
Coutinho has fallen down the pecking order at Barca and there is a belief that the club wants to sell him as quickly as they can so as to avoid a clause placed in his contract by Liverpool over some appearance bonus.
The Daily Mail reports that both clubs are open to a six-month loan offer, but Barca would be required to pay half of his rumored £200,000 per week salary during the loan period, with no confirmation on a purchase clause being included.
Coutinho was heavily linked with a summer move away from the Camp Nou with his agent said to have preferred a Premier League move; Leicester City being one of the clubs said to have enquired about the player after they feared James Madison would depart to Arsenal-a move that didn't happen.
The Brazilian international has played a bit-part role in the opening weeks of the 2021/22 campaign. With Barca struggling this season, Ronald Koeman has still seen no reason to include the player in his team.
🔄 (COUTINHO): Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are open to signing Philippe Coutinho in January.— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) September 25, 2021
• Barça would be willing to take over half of his salary to make the operation possible.#FCB #Transfers 🇧🇷
Via (🟠): @DailyMail pic.twitter.com/gjXHr1XYnT