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Barcelona new demand for Philippe Coutinho to join Arsenal, Kai Havertz’s Chelsea transfer could help to fund to get Thomas Partey



Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly planning to reinvest their windfall from Chelsea’s purchase of Kai Havertz by signing Hector Bellerin.

The Bundesliga club netted an initial £72million after the sale of Havertz, with further money owed in the shape of performance-related add-ons.

That big-money transfer has left Leverkusen will room to manoeuvre in the transfer market, having also sold Kevin Volland over to AS Monaco.

One area that is reported of interest to strengthen is right-back, with Bellerin the latest man in their sights.

Reports this month had linked Tottenham defender Serge Aruier with a move to Germany, with AC Milan also vying for his signature.

Now, according to The Telegraph, Leverkusen have joined Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the race for Bellerin.

The Arsenal defender could be sold to free up further money for Mikel Arteta if the club’s £35million valuation is met, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles to replace him as first-choice.

With Tottenham are looking for £25million for Aurier, Bellerin would prove a more expensive option.

Equally, with clubs aware of Leverkusen’s sudden injection of cash, that will make negotiations tougher.

Barcelona to offer two midfielders

According to FootMercato, Barcelona were willing to let Philippe Coutinho join Arsenal if the Gunners paid £45million and let Matteo Guendouzi head to the Nou Camp.

However, the Gunners snubbed the proposal, and Barcelona have now reportedly made another offer to the north London club.

Barcelona have offered veteran midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal to Arsenal in exchange for Guendouzi.

Coutinho request to Arsenal, loan fee

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Arsenal are still among the front runners to sign Coutinho from Barcelona and have already made an offer.

The report claims that Coutinho initially rejected Arsenal’s proposed offer from reduced wages, but the Brazilian has now made a U-turn and has asked Gunners chiefs to be given more time to consider his options.

Sport claim that Barcelona are still demanding a €20 million (£18m) loan fee for Coutinho and Arsenal would have to fund the majority of the midfielder’s £200,000-a-week salary.


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