Arsenal open talks over Philippe Coutinho transfer after Bayern Munich reject chance to extend loan – The Sun

ARSENAL are reportedly set to open talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent over a deal to sign the Brazilian from Barcelona.

The 27-year-old attacker has failed to shine at the Nou Camp since his move from Liverpool in 2018 and has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich.

They had the option to turn it into a permanent arrangement for £105m but the German champions’ chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have not taken it up.

He said: “The option has expired and we have not exercised it. We will see if the player can still have a role to play with us or not.”

Barcelona are looking to offload a number of players once the transfer window re-opens and the ex-Inter Milan forward is one of those available.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for months, but now Le10 Sport claims Arsenal are positioning themselves to sign him.

They state Mikel Arteta is driving the potential swoop and “dreams” of bringing Coutinho to North London and making him a focal point of his side.

The Gunners have allegedly made arrangements with his representative Kia Joorabchian to thrash out personal terms.

But Arteta’s plans could be scuppered if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League and miss out on the financial reward that comes with it.

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Tamar Braxton talks her 2018 big chop

Tamar Braxton says she shaved her head years ago because she felt so weighed down by her career and her divorce that she “just didn’t need any more weight — not even a strand of hair on my head.”

Back in late 2017, Braxton filed to split from Vince Herbert, and she says that around the same time she was battling the network that aired her reality show. By March 2018, she buzzed her hair. “My short hair represents my freedom,” Braxton told us, adding, “The way I was dealing with things wasn’t a way I was necessarily proud of . . . I was masking my feelings and it started with the hair.”

She’s co-hosting VH1’s “To Catch a Beautician,” out Monday, in which she helps “disgruntled clients confront the beauticians who wrecked their hair.” Meanwhile, she says of her sister Toni’s famed short locks on the cover of her 1993 debut album: “That haircut was not on purpose . . . I do believe it was a result of a hair catastrophe.”

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Joe Judge talks up Markus Golden after Giants use rare tactic

It sure sounds as if new head coach Joe Judge is extremely interested in having Markus Golden as a member of his first Giants roster.

The Giants on Monday put the rare unrestricted free agent tender on Golden, meaning if he is not signed by another team by July 22, he’ll play for the Giants next season for a salary of $4.12 million, or 110 percent of his 2019 salary of $3.75 million. It is a tactic not used often in the NFL and one the Giants pulled out to possibly secure Golden, their sack leader last season with 10.

“Obviously we think he’s a talented player,” Judge said Tuesday morning on WFAN. “He’s been a great locker room guy. I have a lot of respect for him from afar. I haven’t worked with him in person yet.”

Two items to glean from that comment: Judge clearly spoke with people in the Giants’ building to determine Golden last season was “a great locker room guy.” Judge also used the word “yet” to describe working with Golden. Of course, if Golden gets a better offer elsewhere he will not return to the Giants.

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“But hey listen, we’re doing what we thought was best for the team in terms of using tags, things are allocated through the CBA and the way the league works,” Judge said. “At this point we’re exploring a lot of options for roster additions. It’s a fluid process throughout the year. We don’t stop after the draft, we don’t stop after free agency. It really goes through the off-season and continues into the season.

“At no point are we gonna say we’re established. We’d like to get to a point sooner than later we feel solid about players and positions were in but there’s external factors you can’t always control that create movement at positions.”

There is now a salary baseline for teams to use when dealing with Golden, who might not be thrilled with how the Giants manipulated this tender. It is perfectly legal, though, and Golden is free to shop himself to any team for any price. His market did not materialize the way he envisioned when he proved he was healthy coming off a knee injury, starting all 16 games for the Giants and getting double-digit sacks.

“I’m not going to go into the contact talk part of it,” Judge said. “I am excited about the prospect of talking with Markus and see where it goes from there.”

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