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Arsenal focused on signing defender despite offer of Philippe Coutinho loan

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El perfil de Philippe Coutinho

After Coutinho ruled out going back to the north west to join Manchester United and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, admitted it would be "hard" for him to join another team in the Premier League, it would seem the path to England is blocked. In Coutinho's one season at Espanyol under Pochettino, he began to solidify himself as an electric player in the final third with tremendous skill, tactical abilities, and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Despite his poor stint in Nou Camp, Coutinho's quality never comes as a doubt to the rest of the world.

First, there was William Saliba who Tottenham tried to hijack at the eleventh hour and failed, then there was Dani Ceballos and again, Arsenal came out on top. Unai Emery has not given up his hopes on signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic, and his proposal for Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani have been turned down by RB Leipzig and Juventus respectively.

Recently, the Brazilian star was linked with a sensational loan switch to the Emirates, with SunSport quoting Spanish new outlet Sport reporting that both clubs were expected to finalise the deal when they faced off on Sunday, August 4.

According to the same story, FC Barcelona are prepared to loan out Coutinho despite spending £142m on the Brazilian playmaker in January 2018.

Tottenham do not have long to do the deal though as the transfer window for Premier League clubs, unlike the clubs in the rest of Europe, slams shut on Thursday.

Spurs have swooped in and now made a bid for Coutinho, who would reportedly cost them between 21 and 27 million euros.

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