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Newcastle already in talks with Barcelona midfielder Coutinho

Newcastle United have already begun talks with Philippe Coutinho's representatives.

The Magpies are keen on adding the Brazilian, whose parent club Barcelona are desperate to sell.

But France Football says that while Toon want to bring Coutinho back to England, any potential deal is reliant on the club's protracted takeover.

The Premier League has yet to sign off on the Saudi-backed consortium's £300m bid to buy Newcastle from Mike Ashley.

Coutinho's agent, Kia Joorabachian, has let slip that his client would prefer a return to England.

His exorbitant wages would be a stumbling block for the clubs who have shown an interest, which include Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

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