Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly both rejected the loan transfer of Philippe Coutinho this summer transfer market due to Barcelona including a loan sum that was deemed too high.
According to a report from the Daily Mirror, the Catalan heavyweights were commanding as much as a £30m fee just to take Philippe for a single season.
The Brazilian would likely have then cost an extra £10 million on top of that in wages, with a £40 million investment in an out-of-form star for just one campaign certainly looking too big a risk.
Philippe shone in his first spell in the English top-flight with Liverpool, but has gone badly downhill in Coutinho’s time as a Barcelona player.
Still, considering how much Blaugrana invested in the 27-year-old, it is not surprising that they would want to make a decent amount from letting him go.
Unfortunately, however, it has cost him a return to England, in what could have been a great move had it worked out for either Gunners or Spurs.
Arsenal, in particular, could have done with another attacking midfield player, with the German star Mesut Ozil far from at his best for a while, while Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi both left in the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur could also have done with Philippe amid doubts over Christian Eriksen’s long-term future, with the Danish playmaker in the final year of his Spurs contract.
Meantime, Juventus have made a decision to keep hold of reported Arsenal target Sami Khedira amid reports that they could terminate his deal, according to claims from Sky Sport Italia.