PHILIPPE COUTINHO’s agent has reportedly held transfer talks with Barcelona to sort out the future of his client.
Giuliano Bertolucci has been in Catalonia this week to speak to the club about a potential exit, according to Goal.
The report states that he flew straight from France after discussions with Paris Saint-Germain.
There is a growing feeling that Barcelona could offer Coutinho as part of a potential swap deal to land Neymar.
Bayern Munich are also interested in a potential loan with an option to buy, yet there is still no concrete suggestion as to where Coutinho will end up come September 2, which is when the deadline closes in Spain.
Barcelona are looking to cut down their wage bill after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and Coutinho is one of their highest earners. Not only that, but he has struggled to make an impact at the club since arriving from Liverpool.
Barcelona are also running out of room for attackers in their line-up, especially with Neymar potentially returning to the Camp Nou.
Arsenal and Tottenham were reportedly both offered the star this month on loan with an option to buy.
The Gunners passed by the opportunity while Spurs were very much interested before eventually landing Giovani Lo Celso.
There were even claims that Mauricio Pochettino, who coached Coutinho at Espanyol, called the 27-year-old to persuade him to move to north London.
The transfer meeting between Coutinho’s representatives is likely to have an impact on both Arsenal and Spurs, regardless of the window being closed until January.
If Coutinho is sold permanently, it of course ends their hopes of securing a deal in the future.
Arsenal may be on the lookout for a new playmaker if Mesut Ozil heads to DC United.
Tottenham know they will have to replace Christian Eriksen if he runs down his contract.
The Dane is inside the final 12 months of his deal and does not intend on signing a new one.
Once his wages are off the books, it would provide Daniel Levy with more of an incentive to land Coutinho.
His representative Kia Joorabchian recently told talkSPORT that Coutinho would find it hard to join Manchester United given his affinity to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp hinted before the start of the Premier League season that Liverpool had been offered the chance to re-sign him, but decided against it.