Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian insists his Arsenal allegiances will play no part in determining the Brazil international’s future.
The former Liverpool star joined Barcelona from Liverpool in a staggering £140million deal in January 2018 but he failed to live up to expectations and has found consistency equally hard to come by during his current loan spell at Bayern Munich.
Coutinho has recently been linked with a number of high-profile Premier League clubs, including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, while a possible return to Liverpool has even been mooted
Joorabchian played a key role in engineering David Luiz’s move from west to north London last summer but insists all options remain open for the 27-year-old ahead of the summer window.
He told Sky Sports: ‘The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.
‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’
Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep hold of Coutinho in the summer of 2017 before finally relenting the following January and have kicked on since the departure of the former Inter playmaker.
And although a return to Anfield remains unlikely, Klopp revealed earlier this week that his relationship with Coutinho remains strong, despite the inconvenient timing of his departure.
Speaking to Pure Football Podcast, the German said: ‘Ireally respected Phil’s switch from the first second.
‘Not that I do that all the time, but it felt really like ‘oh wow that could be difficult’.
‘So it’s not about yes we signed a new contract only weeks before that, but it was really clear he wouldn’t have asked me for any other club – but for this club there was no chance.
‘Then we had to be hard in the summer because we had no other solution. We lost Adam Lallana [to injury] in that time as well, we would have lost two players.
‘That’s not possible, you cannot solve that on the transfer market.
‘He was open to that [staying] and that was really cool. Then you have to be fair in the window and say we can do it, we don’t like it but we can do it.’
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