Arsenal could sign 28-year-old Brazilian attacker, talks already underway

By on July 14, 2020

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According to Goal, Arsenal could sign Philippe Coutinho after Barcelona made contact about a deal as they look to offload the Brazilian attacker this summer.

Coutinho has endured a torrid time since joining Barca in a £100m+ deal from Liverpool in 2018 and he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich last summer after a hugely disappointing first year at the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian attacker has contributed 9 goals and 8 assists in just 22 starts with Bayern this season so he has been a relative success but it’s not been enough to persuade the German giants to buy him on a permanent basis.

Coutinho has returned to Barcelona but has no long-term future at the club so a move this summer is a formality and it looks like he could now be heading back to the Premier League.

It appears Arsenal are one of the clubs who’ve been offered the chance to sign Coutinho as Goal are reporting that Barcelona have reached out to us and Newcastle to discuss a potential deal for the player.

The report says another loan is likely as Barca know they’ll struggle to get a sizeable transfer fee for the South American this summer and Arsenal chiefs are now understood to be mulling over the proposal.

The Catalans need to get Coutinho off their books to make room for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez so Arsenal may be able to squeeze a decent deal out of them if we decide to push ahead with a move.

I personally think Coutinho would be a superb signing if we could get him on a season-long loan as we’ve badly lacked creativity in the attacking midfield department this season.

The 28-year-old was excellent at Liverpool and knows English football well, he can play out wide or in a central position and has the ability to make things happen in the final third so I think this would be a smart move.

His agent is Kia Joorabchian and we all know how close he’s become with the Arsenal hierarchy so this deal could be a go-er. My only concern is Coutinho may be put-off if Arsenal can’t offer European football so it’s imperative we somehow qualify for the Europa League.