Arsenal could miss out on Philippe Coutinho due to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman
Arsenal may be about to miss out on a major piece of summer transfer business because of Barcelona 's new boss Ronald Koeman.
Loanee Philippe Coutinho continues to be linked with a move away from the Camp Nou – and even netted twice against his parent club last week in Bayern Munich's 8-2 win.
That result saw Barca replace Quique Setien with former Everton boss Koeman, who now has to choose which players to keep and sell this summer.
And president Josep Maria admits the Dutchman may fancy keeping Coutinho beyond the summer.
"The head coach will make the decision," the club chief said when pressed on Coutinho's future.
"If he wants him to continue, next year he will play with us."
Bartomeu also went into detail about which other players are safe from the axe this summer.
"Messi is untouchable and non-transferable. He knows it, we all know it," he added.
"But there are various non-transferable players like (Marc Andre) Ter Stegen, (Clement) Lenglet, (Nelson) Semedo, (Frenkie) De Jong, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Ousmane) Dembele… players we are counting on in the future.
"We have had (offers) for Ansu Fati, for example.
"But Barca does not want to sell players, although we receive several offers for players.
"We don't want to sell him. He has a great future. I'm telling you from here, he's non-transferable."
Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian enjoys a good relationship with Arsenal and the club's board.
But he would not be pressed on his client's future and a potential move to the Emirates.
“After the Champions League is finished, and whatever happens, then we’ll sit down,” the agent told talkSPORT last week.
“It could be that Barcelona is the ultimate destination.
“He loves the Premier League, but the finances and the numbers and the situation of COVID are going to play a big part.
“He’s a big player with big numbers.”
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