NEWCASTLE have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.
The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.
Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.
But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
They are said to have explained the ambitious new project planned at St James' Park if the takeover goes through.
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