Arsenal begin Coutinho talks, and other Transfer rumours


Arsenal is set to begin talks with Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho’s agent. The Brazilian 27-year-old has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions will not pay the £105m required to make the deal permanent. (Le10sport – in French)

Rafael Benitez wants to return to manage Newcastle United once the proposed Saudi Arabia-backed takeover is complete and would like to sign Manchester City centre-back John Stones, 25, and Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, 26. (Telegraph – subscription required)

Paris St-Germain are negotiating an agreement with Arsenal in an attempt to sign forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, for £34m. (Todofichajes)

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, could return to the Premier League after a disappointing loan spell with ChelseaNewcastle and Wolves are both interested. (Express)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 24, has been heavily linked with Liverpool but former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has suggested Old Trafford could be a better move. (Star)

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, 29 and valued at £57m, is being monitored by Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid. (Tuttosport – in Italian)

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