Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s prospects of signing Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho seeks Premier League return as Barcelona say he can leave on loan just 18 months after signing for £142m

Philippe Coutinho seeks Premier League return as Barcelona say he can leave on loan just 18 months after signing for £142m

Tottenham were in talks to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on loan although the player has now rejected the idea of moving to the North London club.

The Brazil global was a star in the Premier League for Liverpool, before moving to the Camp Nou in an astronomical deal.

According to l'Équipe, Coutinho will join Arsenal on a season-long loan deal.

Chelsea and Liverpool have both been linked with Coutinho since the January transfer window.

But the 27-year-old, who enjoyed a successful six-month loan under Pochettino at Espanyol in 2012, will not be reunited with his old boss.

Manchester United and Tottenham have apparently asked about the availability of Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, while rumours on Tuesday suggesting that there was an agreement in place with Arsenal have now been chalked up as nothing more than opportunism by his agent.

"He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same". Coutinho was an unused substitute in that game.

Having Coutinho off their books, even for a year, would help Barcelona in their bid to sign Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain. Coutinho often attracted loud criticism from the Camp Nou faithful.

Liverpool are not keen on a dramatic homecoming while Manchester City and Manchester United are not interested either.

Both Barcelona and the player would prefer a permanent deal but it is unlikely any Premier League team will match the £80m price tag.

Ready to offload the Brazilian midfielder, the Catalan side believe only Premier League clubs will be able to afford him this summer, but time is running out as the transfer window in England closes at 5pm BST (12pm ET) on Thursday. They've been added to a final third that already includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexi Iwobi and others.