Philippe Coutinho ‘hasn’t thought about’ future amid Arsenal transfer links

 Philippe Coutinho of FC Bayern Muenchen laughs during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on August 19, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal
Coutinho is set to move on (Picture: Getty)

Philippe Coutinho insists he ‘hasn’t thought about’ his future, despite reports linking him to Arsenal.

The former Liverpool playmaker is gearing up for the Champions League final on Sunday, which will be the final game he plays for Bayern Munich.

Bayern – who face Paris Saint-Germain in the final – opted against signing the Brazil international on a permanent basis and his parent club Barcelona, who he scored twice against in the quarter-finals, intend to offload him.

Arsenal are thought to be one of the most interested clubs and a Premier League return is said to appeal to the 28-year-old.

But he insists he is purely focused on the task at hand, with Champions League glory in his sights.

‘My mind is fully focused on the competition. It’s a unique opportunity for us. I’m very happy to be in the Champions League final,’ he told Esporte Interativo.

Robert Lewandowski (3rdL) of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates his goal with teammates Corentin Tolisso, Niklas Suele, Alphonso Davies and Philippe Coutinho (L-R) during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on August 19, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Coutinho will be part of the Bayern side facing PSG (Picture: Getty Images)

‘On my future, I haven’t thought about it because I’m only thinking about the final.’

‘We are coming up against a great side,’ added Coutinho. 

‘We (Neymar and Coutinho) haven’t spoken yet because of the match. I’m sure he is focused on his team and me on mine.

‘PSG is a very strong side with really quick forwards. I don’t even need to say how great of a player Neymar is because the whole world knows it.

‘They also have a solid defence. It’ll be a great match, a great final.’

Liverpool legend John Barnes thinks Arsenal are the ‘best fit’ for the attacker.

‘It is an exciting watch with what is going to happen with Philippe Coutinho this summer, they are many teams that are wanting to sign him,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets ahead of Bayern’s semi-final clash with Lyon.

‘I don’t think Tottenham would be interested, as I don’t know if the way that José Mourinho likes to play will suit him, as he likes the ball and having a lot of possession, whereas Mourinho doesn’t necessarily play that way. 

Mikel Arteta manager of Arsenal poses with the trophy as he takes a TV interview after the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 1, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.
Arteta is an admirer of Coutinho (Picture: Getty)

‘Arsenal could be the best club with the style of football they play.

‘Chelsea could be another good match, because of the way Frank Lampard sets up his team, so with that in mind, Arsenal or Chelsea would be the best solution for him.  

‘I don’t think he will go to Manchester City to be honest. Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of him but there are often times that he has been in a successful team already, and he hasn’t been able to show off as much as he would like.’

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