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Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal: Transfer update, plan revealed, agent issues statement

Arsenal have bolstered their midfield after Dani Ceballos rejoined on loan for another season from Real Madrid.

The Gunners are thought to be eyeing further reinforcements, with Mikel Arteta looking for additional creativity.

And one player who has been linked is Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest on Coutinho’s future and everything we know so far about the prospect of him joining Arsenal this summer.

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Liverpool can be denied windfall

According to The Express, part of Liverpool’s £142m agreement that saw Coutinho move to Barcelona included an appearance-based add-on.

The report claims states Jurgen Klopp’s side will be paid a further £17.5million, but only if Coutinho reaches 100 appearances for Barcelona.

But with the Brazilian on 74 appearances, Arsenal sealing a deal would prevent this from happening.

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£9m transfer fee

Arsenal could pay just £9million to sign Coutinho on a permanent deal this summer, according to the Independent.

The report claims that the Barcelona man has been offered to both Arsenal and Tottenham, but a move to the Emirates is the more likely of the two.

Matteo Guendouzi is likely to leave the club at the end of the season, and one option is for the Gunners to use the midfielder as part of a swap deal for Coutinho.

A deal involving Gunedouzi going to Barcelona plus a £9 million fee for Arsenal to take Coutinho permanently has been suggested as a solution.

The Arsenal hierarchy are said to be weighing up the option, although interest from Juventus in Guendouzi could throw a spanner in the works.

Arteta’s plan

Arsenal are among the contenders to sign Philippe Coutinho, and according to The Times, Coutinho is on Arteta’s list of transfer targets.

The report claims the Arsenal boss has targeted the former Liverpool star with the…