Arsenal given boost in Philippe Coutinho race as Barcelona prepare to lower loan demands

first_imgArsenal given boost in Philippe Coutinho race as Barcelona prepare to lower loan demands Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.7kShares Arsenal have already rejected Barcelona’s loan terms for Philippe Coutinho (Getty Images)Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona are ready to pay a portion of the midfielder’s salary, according to reports.The Spanish club have made the Brazil international available on loan once again this summer after Bayern Munich indicated that they are unwilling to make his temporary deal permanent at the end of the Bundesliga season.Coutinho has been offered on loan to several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.But reports have claimed that Barcelona are demanding £10 million loan fee and are asking clubs to fully cover his £250,000-a-week salary.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are refusing to accept those terms, especially having asked their squad to take a wage cut in response to the coronavirus pandemic.However, the Daily Telegraph now report that Barcelona are willing to compromise and are ready to pay a portion of Coutinho’s salary in order to ensure that a loan deal is possible. Comment Advertisement Philippe Coutinho has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen four areas in his squad in the upcoming window.The Arsenal boss wants to sign a centre-back, a midfielder, a right-back and a replacement striker if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leave the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal also face the prospect of losing Cedric Soares without the defender having played a single minute for the club.The Gunners paid a £1 million loan fee for the right-back but he has not yet signed a deal which would keep him at the club until the end of the delayed Premier League campaign.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img

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