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Barcelona delay Coutinho agreement waiting for Arsenal, Spurs offers

Barcelona are stalling on accepting Olympique Marseille's offer for Philippe Coutinho.

While eager to get Coutinho's wages off the books and knowing Marseille are keen to take on the Brazil international, Barca are delaying their final decision.

Marseille wish to sign Coutinho on a season-long loan. However, L'Esportiu reports via Le 10 Sport that Barca are convinced they can sell the midfielder to a Premier League club in the coming months.

Leicester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are among suitors from England for the former Liverpool star.

A fee below £40m is now being mentioned for Coutinho, who joined Barca three years ago for over €140m from Liverpool. The midfielder has recovered from a knee injury suffered last season.

While he struggled for consistency under Barca coach Ronald Koeman, Coutinho finished the previous season in superb form while on-loan with Bayern Munich, helping them to pull off a stunning Treble.

- updated July 14

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