Why Arsenal would struggle to agree Coutinho-Aubameyang swap deal

Arsenal has been linked with a move for former Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho as he continues to look for a new home and only this week reports have claimed that the Brazilian is a dream signing for Mikel Arteta.

The one reason that Barcelona wants to sell Coutinho is that they want to get him off their wage bill and that could be the reason why he doesn’t move to Arsenal.

The Catalans also like Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and they are considering a summer move for him as well.

Some reports have pushed the idea that both teams would just swap players, but a new report from the Express claims that even that would be a problem for Arsenal.

Arsenal has had to ask their players to take pay cuts in order for them to remain in business amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The club is expected to be more careful in awarding contracts for the foreseeable future.

Coutinho currently earns around £240,000 per week at Barcelona and if he swaps the Nou Camp for North London, he would most likely still want to earn that amount or even more.

This would be the stumbling block for any potential move to the Emirates for the Brazilian because Arsenal would have to focus on keeping their wage budget low for now.

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  1. Roachie says:

    Good article and an interesting situation. Abua will leave this summer and I’ve made it clear on here before how much I rate coutinho. As always it’s about money and I just can’t see us being able to afford him

  2. RSH says:

    This is such a mistake. A bayern/barca reject we will end up overpaying for. Another “leftover” player for us, but he hasn’t even performed to the level Sanchez did before he came to us. He was inconsistent in EPL as well. Let him rot on the Barca bench. We don’t need him. Ozil & Coutinho on the books for crazy amounts of money, and you have to wonder if any of them are worth it. A midfield that looks good on paper only.

  3. ken1945 says:

    I wonder why The Arsenal are the only club that had to ask it’s employees to take a pay cut in order to stay “in business?”

    Even the spuds, with their enormous debt have not had to resort to this level and we are still the only club that have done this.

    I am really interested to see what kind of money we spend (if any of course) in the upcoming transfer window and how that reflects what kronkie saved with the reported 12.5% saving.

    Are we going to be conned once again with regard to what the club actually invests with NEW money?

    Let’s remember that the reported saving was £25,000,000 and then see how that equates with our spend, while
    our reported loss last season, was £27.1 million, so we should still be able to pay all our non plating staff AND wipe out that loss, let’s see if kronkie will put in the extra money he has promised.

  4. Roachie says:

    I’m hearing Matt Smith has been training with the main squad. I know nothing about him, can anyone throw some light ?

    1. ken1945 says:

      Roachie, just looked it up, as I was also not aware of his breakthrough.
      It seems MA has brought him in to train with the first team once he took over.

      He plays midfield and has been in the U23 team, playing deep in that role.
      He is quoted as saying “It’s an amazing feeling. Arsenal is a massive club and I’ve supported it my whole life. I’ve been here since I was 7, so this is a really proud moment.”

      All this from Football.London, so at least we both know a little bit more !!!

  5. S.J says:

    Rumors going around that we will be having no incoming signing except free transfers, loans and player swap deals.

    If we don’t get any incoming player next season then we should not sell any of our regular players.

    Aubameyang, Martinelli, Saka, Lacazette, Torreira, Guendouzi these players should be kept cause they will be important for us next season.

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