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Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho makes transfer decision amid Arsenal links

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Barcelona might part ways with Coutinho as soon as this January.

Philippe Coutinho has continued his struggle for form under the newly appointed Xavi Hernandez. Having come back from a long-term injury, the Brazilian star has fallen way down the pecking order at Camp Nou.

He has made only 16 appearances across all competitions this season while a host of academy graduates continue to impress. The current situation has led to a new decision that might benefit both the player and the club.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho has accepted that his chances of getting more game time at Barcelona will not increase. The club have several injured players who will be ahead of him in the pecking order after their recovery.

The Spanish source claims the 29-year-old’s chances of getting a Brazil call-up for the World Cup is slim. Coutinho has now decided to move to a new club to get regular game time.

Another Spanish source, SPORT, claims Newcastle, Arsenal, and Everton are eyeing moves for Coutinho. Despite the Magpies’ firm interest, the Barcelona star reportedly prefers a move to Arsenal.

The Barcelona star’s agents have offered him to the Gunners earlier this month. However, Arsenal’s stance on the transfer is unclear. Mikel Arteta’s team are will-equipped in their forward line. Bukayo Saka, Emil Smith-Rowe, and Martin Odegaard are enjoying top form, leaving little room for a new addition.