Arsenal wants to sign Barcelona man, but on a free transfer

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho as he continues to struggle for form at Barcelona.

The midfielder has been told by the Catalans that he can leave and they are keen to get him off their wage bill.

He is one of their biggest financial mistakes at the moment and as they struggle to find money, they want him off their budget.

Arsenal reportedly wants him, but Todofichajes reports that Barcelona is struggling to offload him because most of the clubs that want to sign him, wants to sign him on a free transfer.

The report says Arsenal and his other serious suitors also need a helping hand from Barcelona to pay his current wages.

Having lost Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos at the end of last season, Arsenal needs Coutinho’s creativity.

The Brazilian hasn’t impressed in the Spanish league, but he was one of the best players in the Premier League when he turned out for Liverpool.

Mikel Arteta could help him recapture the form that saw him create goals in England and score some impressive ones.

He spent much of the second half of last season nursing an injury he had suffered during the campaign.

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  1. Reggie says:

    No, Not true in a century of sundays!

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    Does anybody know what really is going on at the club?

  3. Voyageur says:

    Willian was a free transfer. Remind me how well that went…

    1. SueP says:

      My thoughts exactly

    2. Argooner says:

      So was Sol Campbell, what’s your point?

      1. VasC says:

        Unlike Willian and Coutinho, both bordering 30 when they are linked with us, Cambpell was just 26 and we were flying high up in the league table when we signed him. In times like that, all mistakes are affordable and pardonable.

  4. Durand says:

    All the downsides associated with the player not enough positives to even equal out.

    Only a fool would take a risk on a player who underwhelmed at best since he left the PL.

    Ozil now Willian, last thing we need is more dead weight dragging us down.

  5. VasC says:

    Coutinho to Arsenal???

    Yeah! In a drop of a hat.

    If Barca are kind enough to take Willian as our compensation for Coutinho.

    1. Johnze says:

      Lol fair point. Nice swap deal.

  6. Biscuitbum says:

    He would be a free transfer, but on huge wages. For a player who is capable of utter brilliance, but only occasionally, that is not good business.

  7. Websurfer says:

    “The Brazilian hasn’t impressed in the Spanish league, but he was one of the best players in the Premier League when he turned out for Liverpool.” Remember in soccer “You are never better than your latest match”. No thanks.

  8. mto says:

    Get rid of Özil and then go looking for a creative midfielder for two years. Truly intelligent business.

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