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Arsenal in talks with agent over Coutinho’s potential Transfer


Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with the agent of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho ahead of launching a bid this summer.

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Coutinho is on a season-long loan deal at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga club have revealed they won’t activate the option to make the move permanent.

That means the Brazilian will return to Barcelona at the end of the season, where he appears unlikely to regain a place in the starting XI.

Coutinho moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool three years ago but has failed to secure regular first team football and looks set to leave this summer.

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According to Le10sport.com, Arsenal have made the 27-year-old one of their top transfer targets and opened talks with his agent, Kia Joorabchian.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge admirer of Coutinho, who can play either in an attacking midfield role or as a left sided forward.

It was in those two roles that he rose to prominence at Liverpool, where he spent four seasons before moving on to Barca in a £142 million deal.

During his time at the Reds, Coutinho scored 41 goals in 152 games and established himself as one of Europe’s most highly-rated attacking talents.

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Now he’ll be determined to reestablish his reputation and Arsenal could provide the opportunity to do just that as Arteta looks to rebuild the Gunners squad he inherited when he replaced Unai Emery in December.

Arsenal could face competition for his services from a host of top European clubs, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea who are also reported to be weighing up a move.


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Just in: Agents send threat to FIFA with legal actions

…over transfer payment cap plan


Leading agents including Mino Raiola, Jorge Mendes and Jonathan Barnett have threatened Fifa with legal action over plans for a cap on transfer payments.

In September, Fifa announced plans to limit agents of the selling club to a maximum of 10% of the transfer fee.

In addition, Fifa want a 3% cap of the player’s fee and 3% of the player’s fee for agents of the buying club.


“We want fairness,” Barnett countered. “Fifa should recognise us and treat us in a proper manner.”

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Fifa want to implement their plans possibly as early as next season but Barnett, who represents high-profile players including Gareth Bale and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, added: “The truth is Fifa doesn’t know exactly what an agent does.


“No-one from Fifa has ever been to my office or had a conversation with me.

“If you ask players what they want, they are in favour of agents. There are never complaints about agents’ fees from players.


“We will try until the last minute to resolve the problem but rest assured, if necessary we will go to every court in the world.”

The agents were among a 200-strong gathering in Barnet.


Raiola and Barnett were part of a smaller meeting beforehand, in which all agents present were said to be united in their opposition to Fifa’s intentions.

“For the first time, we have agreed a united policy in respect of Fifa’s proposals,” said Mel Stein, life president of the Association of Football Agents.

“We will be writing to them jointly to advise them that once there is a formal, consultative process in place where all parties can bring their proposals to the table, we will be eager to meet with them.

“As far as we are concerned, it sends a clean, positive message to Fifa on where we are on this.”


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