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Arsenal handed big boost in pursuit of superstar with £337m release clause - TBR View
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Arsenal handed big boost in pursuit of superstar with £337m release clause - TBR View

Arsenal are likely to make quite a few changes up front at the end of the season.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract and look likely to leave in summer.

Nicolas Pepe’s future at the Emirates Stadium is also uncertain after falling out of starting contention at Arsenal.

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In addition, there have been rumours suggesting Mikel Arteta could turn Gabriel Martinelli into a centre-forward.

This would mean Arsenal would have to look for a new left-sided attacker.

If the Gunners play their cards right, they could fill the gap with a Premier League-proven £142million superstar.

Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho in recent weeks.

Links emerged in the January transfer window, though the Brazil international went on to join Aston Villa.

Coutinho’s stock has risen massively since linking up with Steven Gerrard’s side.

The 29-year-old has registered an impressive four goals and three assists in just 10 Premier League games.

But it’s not just about that tally – Coutinho has visibly dazzled on the pitch for Villa and torn opposition defences apart.

Can Arsenal land player so good it’s a “joke”?

With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Arsenal have reportedly rekindled their interest in the Brazilian.

And if a recent report from Mundo Deportivo is true, then the Gunners have been handed a big boost.

First of all, the outlet claims Arsenal have ‘entered the bidding’ for Coutinho.

Secondly, Barca are apparently ‘rubbing their hands together’ as the prospect of offloading the player.

And thirdly, the outlet claims Coutinho isn’t interested in Newcastle but hasn’t ruled out a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners will surely fancy their chances of landing a player with a 400m euro (around £337m) release clause for a bargain price who’s not wanted by his parent club.

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Arsenal could also have more appeal than Villa, particularly if the Gunners manage to secure Champions League football.

And while Newcastle could’ve blown other clubs out of the water money-wise, if Coutinho’s not keen, then that benefits Arsenal too.

Rob Holding will surely love having him on his side instead of up against him.

The Arsenal defender recently told Sky Sports about how Coutinho is the only player he feels has made a mockery of him.

“Probably my Arsenal debut,” Holding said in response to the ‘rinsing’ Never Have I Ever question.

“We had Liverpool at home, and Coutinho was just a joke that day.”

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