Arsenal will reportedly be offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona during the next transfer window.
The Brazilian is currently on a temporary stint at Bayern Munich but the German side are likely to decline the option to buy him at the end of the season.
As a result, the 27-year-old is due to return to the Camp Nou during the summer and The Sun reports that Mikel Arteta’s side will be offered an opportunity to sign the playmaker.
The same publication cites that the Blaugrana want around £75m for the permanent sale of Coutinho but they would also entertain loan offers for the versatile attacker.
Furthermore, it is stated that an interested club would only need to pay 50 per cent of the player’s £290,000-a-week wages in order to sign him temporarily for next season.
The Gunners have depended on Mesut Ozil in the number 10 role for most of the season but the German has been inconsistent with his displays and failed to make regular goalscoring contributions.
He has shown a slight improvement under the guidance of Arteta but has still struggled to make a significant influence in the final third of the pitch in the Premier League.
Taking this into regard, the Gunners would definitely be tempted by the prospect of signing Coutinho, who is at the prime of his career despite being in-and-out of the starting XI at Bayern.
Still, the club may only propose a loan move for the Brazilian and that could hamper their prospects of signing him, particularly if the other interested sides are willing to meet the price tag for a permanent transfer.
Chelsea and Manchester City are the other Premier League teams, who have been credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder, who has previously turned out 152 times in the English top-flight for Liverpool.