Arsenal closely monitoring 28-year-old South American forward

Philippe Coutinho appears ready to leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window. And, a return to the PL could be likely, with Arsenal and Tottenham plotting to swoop the 28-year-old attacker away from the Catalan club.

Philippe was in seventh heaven when he sealed his dream move to Camp Nou in winter 2018 and made an instant impact at Blaugrana, as Barca ended the 2017/18 campaign on a strong note. However, things soon turned pear-shaped for Coutinho, who started struggling to impact matches.

After a horrendous 2018/19 season, Brazil international was hauled off on loan to Bayern Munich, where he put in a decent shift before returning to Camp Nou last summer. So far this campaign, though, the Brazilian has been unable to make a case for himself due to a long-term knee injury, which has restricted him to only 792 minutes of action.

Philippe, though, could leave Blaugrana and is on the radar of Gunners and Spurs now. Gunners interest in Coutinho appears to be quite straightforward, with Arsenal intent on landing a no. 10 in the summer transfer window.

Following Mesut Ozil’s departure, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard have stepped up admirably through the middle, with Arsenal now keen on signing the latter permanently from Real Madrid.

However, the pursuit of Martin is extremely complicated, with Real Madrid likely to charge a hefty sum for him, while Liverpool have recently emerged as a viable alternative to Gunners for him. Philippe is, therefore, a feasible target for the Gunners, although they now face competition from local rivals Spurs in his pursuit.