Report: Arsenal won't be signing Philippe Coutinho this summer, says Romano
Arsenal will not be signing Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to respected journalist and transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.
Coutinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League for some time now. He almost joined the Gunners back in Arsenal. Back when Romano told the Liverpool Echo that the Brazilian had been offered to a number of clubs.
The 28-year-old midfielder has endured another season of frustration over in Barcelona. Since making his move from Liverpool, things simply haven’t gone to plan for the former Liverpool man.
But despite interest from other clubs and his obvious talents, Romano has taken to Twitter today to say Arsenal will not be signing him. For now.
That could well leave the door open for other clubs to land the playmaker, with Romano admitting Barcelona are open to selling.
Spurs have been credited with an interest previously, while Liverpool are always mentioned in terms of bringing him back to Anfield.
Coutinho is said to earn around £200k-a-week over in Spain. The Telegraph claimed this last summer, as reports surfaced about his future in Barcelona.
Arsenal right to avoid Coutinho for now, look what happened with Willian
Everyone knows the talent Coutinho has in his locker. But he has looked a shadow of the player he was for a while now.
For Arsenal to take a risk on him and pay a big fee, plus his massive wages, something drastic would need to happen.
The Gunners were stung this season by Willian’s big contract and lack of performances. If they did the same with Coutinho and didn’t work out, then the Arsenal fans would be making quite a racket!
Hopefully, for the player’s sake, he can get back to form. But for clubs like Arsenal, taking a risk on a player like Coutinho is a big move. It seems right, then, that they avoiding the conversation for now.
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