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EPL: Arsenal in talk to sign £142m midfielder

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Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this January.

The 29-year-old, signed for £142 million from Liverpool in January of 2018, a record sale for a Liverpool player, is now surplus to requirements at the Catalan club.

Manager Xavi has made it clear that the Brazil international is not part of his project.

Apart from Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle are also exploring ways to bring him back to the Premier League.

But Sport reports that Coutinho has no interest in joining Newcastle.

Coutinho represented by Kia Joorabchian, an agent who Arsenal have close ties with.

Joorabchian helped bring the likes of Willian, Cedric Soares and David Luiz to the Emirates Stadium.

So far this season, Coutinho has scored just two goals in 16 appearances.

Despite Coutinho’s situation at the Camp Nou, Sport believe the 29-year-old will still cost a fairly high price.