Arsenal and Tottenham are once again being linked with Philippe Coutinho who could be on the move in January.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 16: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and Girona at Estadi Johan Cruyff on September 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 16: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and Girona at Estadi Johan Cruyff on September 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona need money and they have been trying to recoup some of the £121.5m they threw at Liverpool in 2018 to sign Philippe Coutinho for some time now.

Arsenal have been continually linked with a move for the former Liverpool player, so it’s no surprise to see them mentioned once again in connection with the attacking midfielder.

Along with the Gunners, Tottenham are also said to be ‘open’ to signing the 29-year-old when the winter window opens in January 2022.

There is no denying Coutinho’s talent but his age would seem to preclude him from being on Mikel Arteta’s wishlist.

Of course, you can’t build a team with only youngsters, and Arsenal are likely to lose a lot of experience in January if they can sell Alexandre Lacazette, but Coutinho’s age makes me think Arsenal are being included in this rumour to help get it going rather than because of any genuine interest.

Barcelona could pay half Coutinho’s £200kpw wages which would make him a lot more affordable, but I just can’t get past his agent being Kia Joorabchian who landed us with Willian, Cedric and was involved with the David Luiz deal, even though he’s not the Brazilian’s agent.

So far this season, Coutinho has played 106 minutes across three games. He played 60 minutes against Granada and 22 against Cadiz in La Liga, while he also played 24 minutes in the Champions League against his former loan club, Bayern Munich, when Barcelona lost 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

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