Arsenal are reluctant to give up their chase for the former Liverpool talisman and believe that they can secure the services of the Brazilian winger
Arsenal has done decent business in the ongoing transfer window. They have been able to acquire players like Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian, and Dani Ceballos on another loan. The club hasn’t yet concluded it’s transfer business and is still in the race to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
Mikel Arteta has not given up their chase for the Barcelona winger and still believes that a transfer is definitely on the cards for the north London-based club, according to reports. Ronald Koeman has involved Coutinho in his first-team plans and has stated that the Brazilian will be part of his plans for the rest of the season.
Back in January 2018, the former Liverpool man shifted base from Anfield to Camp Nou for a staggering amount of 160 million euros. However, the player didn’t live up to the expectations of the club and fell out of favour under Ernesto Valverde.The winger was subsequently loaned out to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.
His loan stint at the Allianz Arena was a lot better than his initial time at Barcelona. The attacking midfielder made a total of 38 appearances for the club and scored 11 goals for the Bundesliga and European champions. Even with a non-starter role, Coutinho was able to create chances and showcase his skill when the opportunity was given.
Nonetheless, Coutinho’s spell at Bayern is over and now the player will have to step his game up this season in La Liga if he is to silence his harsh critics.
Barcelona has already sold some important names from their present rooster of players including Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, and Nelson Semedo. The Catalan club might now refrain from selling some of their marquee players of the club including Coutinho.
Arsenal has been optimistic so far in a bid to keep themselves in the race for the signature of the 28-year-old. The Gunners have not decided whether they want a permanent deal or a loan deal for the player if Barcelona is to sanction this transfer.
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