Barcelona are considering a bid for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi that would see Philippe Coutinho return to the Premier League, according to reports.
Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018, but his time at the Camp Nou has not been a major success. The playmaker was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 campaign, but has no future either in Germany or Catalonia.
According to FootMercato, Coutinho is eyeing up a return to England, and Arsenal could be his destination. The report claims Barcelona and Arsenal are already in talks over an intriguing swap deal.
With the Gunners long-term admirers of Coutinho, they have been given an opportunity to sign him – if they are willing to sacrifice Guendouzi.
Barcelona are equally keen on the 21-year-old French midfielder. Guendouzi had a promising start to his Arsenal career after joining two years ago, but has since fallen out of favour.
Barcelona still believe in him, though, as he is capable of filling different roles in their midfield. The LaLiga giants recently sold Arthur Melo to Juventus; although they got Miralem Pjanic in return, Guendouzi would be a longer-term option for the squad.
However, FootMercato warn that while Guendouzi is considering his future, he is yet to decide on his next destination. Several unnamed European clubs are also said to be interested.
LIVERPOOL RETURN TIPPED IF COUTINHO SAYS SORRY
Despite FootMercato saying talks between Arsenal and Barcelona are underway, rumours of a Liverpool return for Coutinho still persist.
The 28-year-old enjoyed the best years of his career at Anfield, but his exit was a protracted saga. Liverpool eventually accepted defeat in their bid to keep him in January 2018, selling him for more than £100m.
Opinion is split among the Liverpool fanbase over whether a Coutinho return would be welcomed, but one former Premier League striker believes it could be on the cards – on one condition.
“For me, I’d go out there and get Coutinho back,” former Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor told Stadium Astro.
“I’d probably say, ‘you have to apologise for the way you left, but come back’.
“For me, he is what Liverpool are missing in there. You can even play Coutinho where [Roberto] Firmino plays if Firmino isn’t doing it.”