Joorabchian Has Doubts
Arsenal were due to have talks with Barcelona on Sunday over the loan of Philippe Coutinho. But past comments on the subject by his agent suggest a move may not be on the cards.
Any loan move for Coutinho would cost the Gunners around €30 million (£27 million). However, when asked earlier this summer about a move back to the Premier League agent Kia Joorabchian suggested it might be difficult for the Brazilian to play against his former club Liverpool.
“I would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic. It would be hard for him to go to a rival.
“Every time we’ve spoken about it we’ve had that same conversation, he would find it hard to play for another club in the Premier League.”
Coutinho was previously linked with Manchester United but that option closed when he was booed over his Liverpool connections by United fans when Barca played at Old Trafford in the Champions League last season.