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Arsenal are set to land Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan deal, according to the latest reports in France.
L’Equipe state the Gunners have reached an agreement with the La Liga heavyweights to sign the former Liverpool player.
Bilel Ghazi, who broke the news of the Brazilian superstar Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017 and his subsequent willingness to return to Barcelona, claims Philippe has agreed to move to the Emirates Stadium for the 19/20 campaign.
The deal, should it go through, would be a big coup for the Gunners considering they’re unable to offer UEFA Champions League football.
Arsenal are likely to pay Blaugrana a significant loan fee for Philippe, who joined the club last year for a fee that could rise to £144 million.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has been far from a success and the star was booed by a large section of fans throughout last season.
Blaugrana are also desperate to recoup funds after landing Griezmann for around £107m from Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal finalised a club-record move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe the previous week and had been expected to focus reinforcements for the defence in the last 24 hours of the transfer window.
A centre-half was considered a priority, while Kieran Tierney remains first choice to be purchased at left-back.
However, with Philippe desperate to depart the Camp Nou for first team football, an opportunity to secure the signature of the Brazilian appears to have been too good to reject.