Arsenal are considering a swoop for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. The Brazilian is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions are not expected to make any deal permanent.
The former Liverpool star is looking for an escape from Barcelona and would like a Premier League return.
Any move to Arsenal would likely be on loan though with the Gunners lacking funds this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mikel Arteta is said to be keen on a move as he looks to strengthen his side and close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.
That’s according to Spanish outlet Sport who name Arsenal as the only possible option for Coutinho right now.
The Blues star had penned a statement saying his goodbyes to the Stamford Bridge side.
It read: “They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play.
“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.
“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.
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“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.
“There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!
“The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.”
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