Agent opens up and officially tells Arsenal £250,000-a-week target ‘adores the Premier League’ ahead of possible move
Phillipe Coutinho ‘adores’ the Premier League, his agent has told the likes of Arsenal as the Barcelona playmaker continues to be linked with a move to England.
Coutinho made the move to Liverpool just a few seasons ago expecting to be the immediate replacement for Andres Iniesta, but he did not live up to the expectations that Barcelona had of the Brazilian, and he was ultimately shipped out to Bayern Munich for two seasons.
However, there has been big rumours that he wants out of Barcelona and has set his sights on making a move to the Premier League, where a number of clubs are seemingly interested in a £45 million transfer deal.
And amid all the speculation, Kia Joorabchian explained that he and other agents are not sure how the transfer market will progress, but has admitted that Coutinho adores the Premier League.
“Because the Champions League runs until the 23 August, it’s going to be very difficult for players like Coutinho to make any commitments or moves before then,” he said.
“For him to make a commitment is very difficult.
“We’ve not kept it a secret that he wants to come back to the Premier League if he can.
“He adores playing in the Premier League and I think it’s one of his priorities, but he’s also not against staying in Barcelona so it’s very open.
“There’s a lot of genuine interest because he’s a great player, so there’s always interest.”
Asked if it would be a loan or if intersted clubs will be required to pay top money, Joorabchian said the market would dictate.
“I don’t envisage too many deals of that nature – 80 to 100 million. There will be a lot of 10 to 30 or 40million.”
Arsenal need a player like this man and should make a move if he wants to come back to Englan.