BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand can’t see Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho being a priority target for Arsenal at the end of the season.
The London club have been named as one of four Premier League teams who have made a loan enquiry for the 27-year-old, but when asked about the Brazilian’s future, Ferdinand suggested Tottenham would be a better fit, with the Gunners already having Mesut Ozil:
“I think he would be a great addition to Spurs’ squad. Arsenal he would definitely improve them, but where does he play in their system? They’ve got Ozil. I like Ozil if he is playing well. Barely any team can afford him where he would fit in.”
Ferdinand doesn’t think Coutinho would fit in at Manchester United or Manchester City either, with the former Liverpool player having limited options if he wants a return to England.
The Brazilian international is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, but with the German club unlikely to trigger their €120m (£110m) purchase option for the playmaker, it appears Barcelona will have to find another potential buyer.
Whether the Catalan club would allow Coutinho to leave on another loan deal, it remains to be seen, but it does seem as though Arsenal would be open to such a move.