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Premier League clubs battle to take Coutinho on loan

Premier League clubs battle to take Coutinho on loan

Three Premier League clubs are battling it out to make a last minute loan move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Brazilian international has struggled to adapt to life at the Camp Nou, despite his previous time spent in the Catalan capital with local rivals Espanyol.

Having been given ample playing time under Ernesto Valverde last term, Coutinho has seen his chance of featuring regularly this coming season change due to the form of Ousmane Dembele and the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

The former Liverpool man has now been linked with a move away from Barca, prompting three Premier League clubs to make a loan deal.

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal are said to be the three sides showing that interest according to Catalan radio station RAC1, but it is the former who are said to have taken negotiations with Barca to the next stage.

Problems have arose though as to the lateness of negotiations, given that the English transfer window closes on Thursday evening and that Coutinho is expected to feature for the Catalan side against Napoli in America on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

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Dependant on the speed of negotiations, that game against the Italian side – could prove to be his last for the club.