According to reports, Arsenal have ‘entered the fight’ to sign Aston Villa loanee Philippe Coutinho permanently from Barcelona this summer.
The Brazilian returned to the Premier League in January as Steven Gerrard’s Villa signed him on loan.
This followed an underwhelming spell at Barcelona. He only played 76 times in La Liga from his three seasons in Spain.
Coutinho has hit the ground running for the Villans. He has grabbed four goals and three assists from his ten league appearances.
Aston Villa have the option to buy Coutinho for €40m (£33m) this summer. But given but great form, Arsenal have ‘entered the fight’ to sign him.
This is according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness). They state that Arsenal ‘have positioned themselves’ to bring Coutinho in.
The ‘main stumbling block’ preventing the Gunners from signing Coutinho are his wages. He is currently believed to earn €24m per year.
Although it is suggested that the player would take a pay cut as Coutinho always ‘gives the facilities to solve his future’.
Elsewhere, a €90m bid for Tammy Abraham will not be enough to ‘move’ AS Roma to the negotiation table, according to reports.
Abraham joined Roma last summer for a reported £40m fee and has been in superb form for the Italian side this season.
He has scored 23 goals in 40 matches across all competitions and was recently called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.
Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with the 24-year-old, with United said to be ‘particularly interested’ in signing him.
However, Roma manager Jose Mourinho considers Abraham to be ‘essential’ and the Italian club have no intention of selling this summer, according to Calciomercato (via HITC).
Chelsea have a clause to buy the England striker for €80m, a clause that expires at the end of the 2023 summer transfer window.
The Blues bought Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee in the same window Abraham departed for Rome, so it is unlikely that the London club exercise the buy-back option.
Arsenal and United, on the other hand, are looking to sign a new No. 9 in the upcoming summer window.
The Gunners only have Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in that position and they are both out of contract at the end of the season.
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