The uncertainty of Coutinho’s future continues as Arsenal enter the picture now
Philippe Coutinho‘s career has gone from one of the world’s best players while at Liverpool to an unnecessary financial burden at Barcelona. The Brazilian midfielder along with Ousmane Dembele might be the only two superstar footballers in the world who are not welcomed by most top clubs due to their hefty salaries along with their inconsistent performances.
Barcelona is desperate to load off both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele this summer for a handsome figure to use that share of the money received to sign their long-term target, Lauatro Martinez, from Inter Milan. Given the current circumstances that most clubs face financially due to the pandemic, the Catalans lack the funds to sign the 111 million euro striker and have opted to raise funds by selling unwanted figures from the club.
Earlier reports claimed that Liverpool and Newcastle had shown interest from the Premier League to sign both the expensive flops from the Camp Nou, however, the Mirror reports that Arsenal has now entered the picture and are willing to sign Philippe Coutinho.
So far there have not been any rumours regarding whether the Brazilian forward would move to Arsenal permanently or on loan. However, irrespective of whatever deal is finalised, the departure of Coutinho would be a blessing for Barca since their wage budget would increase by leaps and bounds from his departure.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are in a dire need of attacking quality upfront after the North London club lost to Brighton by two goals to nil. The addition of Philippe Coutinho would add more attacking options for Mikel Arteta since the former Liverpool man can be deployed as an attacking midfielder or can even be played on the left-wing which makes it easier for the Brazilian to cut inside and have a shot at goal with his sweet right foot.
The 28-year-old midfielder is currently recovering from an injury sustained in Bayern Munich and is expected to miss the remainder of the season for the Bavarian team. It is finally up to the Inter Milan man if he wants to continue in Barcelona and fight for a spot in the starting eleven which might be possible since Arthur Melo is on his way to Juventus. The other option that Coutinho has on his cards is moving out of the Camp Nou to another club where he could make the most of his prime since he is already 28-years-old.
Should Philippe Coutinho stay in Barcelona or should he sign for Arsenal this summer and help them find their winning ways once again?