Arsenal are set to battle rivals Spurs on loan for Philippe Coutinho

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Arsenal are set to battle rivals Spurs on loan for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho in January.

The two North London clubs are keen to boost their attacking potential as soon as the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Barca still have financial instability with their debt loads of up to £1.5bn. So they need to do whatever it takes to balance their treasury.

To do so would mean the release of a highly paid player from Camp Nou.

According to El Nacional, Barcelona are willing to pay half of their £200,000-a-week wages to force the player to leave.

The former Liverpool star has only had the chance to paint on the pitch for just 82 minutes in La Liga this season.

Although the Gunners have just signed Martin Odegaard for £30m. If they can bring in the 29-year-old with the same form he played for the Reds, where he scored 41 goals and 35 apps. The assist from 152 games will definitely be useful for the team.

Though the sides are in need of an experienced creator. It is thought to be more likely that both would be seek a loan move for the 2019 Copa America winner.

The report claims that Liverpool are not planning to bring the Brazilian back to Merseyside anytime soon. That despite the fact that he became a fan’s favourite at the club in his five years at Anfield.

During that time, Coutinho made 152 Premier League appearances for the Reds. His playing a crucial role in the side. That almost won the Premier League in the 2013-14 alongside Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling. According to report by ufabet