Arsenal target can leave for free but Serie A club now wants him in a swap deal

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho this summer and the Brazilian is one of the players that Barcelona has told to find a new club.

The Catalans need to balance their financial books and they have to move some of their current players off their wage bill.

The midfielder has been a long-term target for the Gunners and this might be the best chance for them to sign him.

However, they will now have to see off competition from AC Milan to land him.

Todofichajes says the Italians have emerged as his possible next club in the last few hours.

This is because Barcelona wants to sign their defender, Alessio Romagnoli.

Because the Spaniards cannot pay up his transfer fee, they are proposing an exchange deal with their Italian counterpart.

The report says Barca no longer cares about receiving a transfer fee for Coutinho, but they simply have to get rid of him.

The midfielder hasn’t justified why they made him their most expensive signing in 2018 and he would probably also consider a change of environment.

The lure of playing Champions League football in Milan might help them beat Arsenal to his signature.

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  1. OT..
    🚨 EXCL: Arsenal pre-season tour to USA cancelled because of #COVID19 cases in #AFC camp. Small number of positives in travelling party, all asymptomatic. Club working through alternate plans as virus wreaks more havoc ahead of new PL season
    @TheAthleticUK

    1. I just saw that on Sky too Sue.
      More OT…. Best wishes to Ivan Gazidis who has throat cancer. Hope he has a full recovery.

        1. I didn’t think that previous comment went for some reason Sue and thanks for your response.
          Anyway, pre season preparations looking messed up now with the tour cancelled and Covid at Colney too. Cases are rising!

  2. Why should Arsenal be interested in a player SO POOR that Barca just want him gone and off the books.

    Wouldn’t touch this guy with a barge pole

    1. Its more do with his high wages than being really poor on-field. He did relatively well at Bayern.
      If he is for free and cant accept lower wages, I say we take him. He is Brazilian and may feel at home with several compatriots at AFC.
      James Rodrigues has done well at Everton after being written off at R Madrid.

  3. Mikel arteta should stop signing his relatives and improves on martinelli’s carrier. Instead of signing players like Renato sanches, Naves, Coutinho who have experience but signing unexpected players this is like heating fans

    1. That is real futbal needs funs i want to say thank you so much on that point caz i believed if arsenal is to sign sanches and play him alongside partey, Martineli, pepe, Aubameyang, arsenal won’t be chasing fans anymore. i was happy when wenger signed Ozil, sanchez and cazorla all the kind of players wanted in a club

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