Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have advantage over Man Utd for Philippe Coutinho transfer

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all have good contacts with Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian, claims Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. Barcelona want to sell Coutinho this summer after a difficult two-and-a-half years for the Brazilian. Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 for £142million but has failed to live up to that price tag.

After a poor first full season at the Nou Camp, Coutinho went on loan to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich this term.

But Solhekol says Bayern are unlikely to pursue a permanent deal this summer.

Express Sport understands both Manchester United and former club Liverpool have shown an interest in Coutinho.

But Solhekol says a move to London could be on the cards, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all in the hunt for the player.

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However, he claims Barca would have to lower their asking price of £100m before any deal could take place.

“Philippe Coutinho’s agent has a big job on his hands,” Solhekol said.

“Barcelona want to sell him this summer. He is on loan at Bayern Munich but they are unlikely to make the move permanent.

“Barcelona want more than £100m for a player who will be 28 in the summer. That means there will be little resale value for any interested clubs.

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“Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has good contacts at Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

“A move to those clubs is possible, but Barcelona would have to drop their asking price dramatically or it would have to be a loan with an option to buy deal.

“Interested clubs know that Barcelona want to sell him this summer.

“They know that it was a big mistake for Barcelona to spend £142m on him.

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“I can’t see how this is going to end well for Barcelona.”

Meanwhile, United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Coutinho needs to return to the Premier League not with his former club.

“Listen, Coutinho, Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool was an amazing player,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.

“But since he’s left Liverpool, he hasn’t really done it yet.

“He struggled at Barca, struggled to fit in there, and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern. So I don’t know man.

“I think he’s a great player, huge talent, I think he needs saving to be honest with you.

“Coming to the Premier League, to the right team, is the saviour for him, I think he needs that.

“I would have said Man United, yes, before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now.

“Not Man United. And he played for Liverpool so it’s a difficult one, isn’t it?

“Can you come to Man United after playing for Liverpool? Rivalries are mad.”

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