The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal won’t be signing Philippe Coutinho this summer, despite being offered the player by Barcelona.
The Gunners were thought to be interested in the Brazilian but are prioritising the signing of Chelsea winger Willian instead.
It is thought Arsenal won’t be signing both and that could open the door for another Premier League club to land the ex-Liverpool player.
Coutinho earns £240,000-a-week and wouldn’t come cheap to the Gunners. His salary could ultimately see him remain at the Nou Camp next season if a suitable club doesn’t come forward.
Arsenal won’t have a fortune to spend this summer; with Champions League football once again not on display at the Emirates Stadium.
With that in mind, boss Mikel Arteta must be shrewd in the transfer market and completing a deal for Willian on a free transfer does seem ideal.
Coutinho has lost his way a little bit since making a £142 million move to Barcelona back in 2018. In 76 games for the La Liga giants, he has scored 21 goals and registered just 11 assists.
Last season he spent time at Bayern Munich and will this week help them try and conquer the Champions League once again.
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In an ideal world, the Gunners would surely love to have both Willian and Coutinho in Arsenal colours, entertaining their supporters.
This isn’t an ideal time for the Gunners though and Arteta needs to help the club into the higher echelons of the Premier League.
Arsenal need reinforcing at the back too and spending money on both Willian and Coutinho would probably decimate the budget.
As a result, it seems sensible that the club will opt for the cheaper option in Willian, saving Coutinho for another time perhaps.