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Euro Paper Talk: Another Koeman blow as star asks to leave and join Arteta at Arsenal; agent touts Liverpool star to Barca

Arsenal are reported to have reached an agreement to sign a Barcelona star, while an agent has touted a top Liverpool star for a move to the Nou Camp, according to Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.



Philippe Coutinho will inform Ronald Koeman he wants a move to Arsenal when he holds talks on his Barcelona future.

The Dutchman has succeeded Quique Setien at the Nou Camp, but appears to have stepped into a club in disarray.

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Koeman tried to stamp his mark on the club by showing Luis Suarez the door. But the real story has surrounded Lionel Messi, who has since asked to leave.  Talk of a move to Man City is gathering pace.

Koeman was hoping to give Coutinho the chance to resurrect his Barcelona dream after a season on loan at Bayern Munich.

However, according to Marca, Coutinho has already decided he wants to return to the Premier League.

Furthermore, Mikel Arteta has already held talks over a prospective deal with his agent Kia Joorabchian.

As per the report, Arteta has made it clear he wants to bring Coutinho to the club. Furthermore, Sport claims the Gunners are willing to pay Coutinho £200,000 a week were he to switch to Arsenal.


With Barcelona chiefs willing to listen to offers, the only issue for Arsenal remains the fee.

Barca are looking for a straight cash sale and are said to be seeking €80m (£71m). The Gunners, however, would prefer a loan deal and will ask Barca if they can sign the player on loan with an option to buy.

Marca suggests that is the most likely outcome for Coutinho and a parting of ways, and another blow for Koeman, imminent.



Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign Sadio Mane by an agent or intermediary associated with the Liverpool forward. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has rejected an approach from Newcastle this summer. (Nicolo Schirra)

Manchester City have seen an approach for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci rejected by the player. (Sky Italia)

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is on the cusp of sealing a €25m – €30m switch to Everton. (Marca)

Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie will have a  medical at Juventus on Friday. A €3m loan deal with an option to buy for €18m. (Sky Italia)

AC Milan have agreed terms with Brahim Diaz to move to the San Siro, but are still negotiating a fee with Real Madrid. (AS)



Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s father is in England to negotiate a two-year deal with Manchester City worth £90m a year. (Marca)

Controversial West Ham keeper Roberto has had his contract terminated at the club. (AS)

Torino president Urbano Cairo insists star striker Andrea Belotti is not for sale amid recent transfer links. (La Stampa)

Hansi Flick says he is expecting to lose players with “tremendous quality” this summer, amid speculation about Thiago Alcantara’s future. (Die Zeit)

Napoli are ready to offer €30m plus Adam Ounas for Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga. (Sport Italia)



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Inter Milan have reopened talks over a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Kalidou Koulibaly could yet secure a transfer to the Premier League this summer after a telling admission from Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis. (various)

Sevilla are targeting a deal to sign Real Madrid playmaker Oscar Rodriguez this summer. (Marca)

Edinson Cavani has rejected a summer move to Juventus due to his loyalty to former club Napoli. (Corriere dello Sport)

PSG will make a concerted effort to sign long-time Man Utd target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. (Le 10 Sport)


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