Barcelona has agreed to give Arsenal and Newcastle Philippe Coutinho in an ongoing attempt to free up team room and funds to help them launch a race on Inter for Lautaro Martinez, Goal has learned.

Barcelona is still seeking to put in motion another deal, with the Liga giants aware they can not add another significant payment to their 2020-21 preparations.

On the Blaugrana side, there is the agreement that they must struggle to find a European suitor willing to take on both Coutinho’s salary and a large transfer fee.

Barca believes that a transfer for Coutinho to the Premier League would now be the best decision for those concerned.

With that in mind, they have started to search for prospective landing spots, and Arsenal and Newcastle have been checked out, with both clubs in the past having been closely linked to the midfielder.

No response has yet been received from either side, with the Gunners and Magpies continuing to think about the terms of a contract for next season and their respective rankings.

The Blaugrana admit that they are likely to spend more on Coutinho in the long run, having bought him for €120 million, but they need to get him out of their accounts.


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