Arsenal have started discussions with Barcelona over a deal for Philippe Coutinho which could involve Matteo Guendouzi going the other way, according to reports.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already admitted he has ‘big concerns’ over a lack of spending power this summer.
And doing business by swapping players is one of the ways Arsenal can get around their financial budget.
And according to Foot Mercato, claim the Gunners are launching an audacious attempt to sign out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian star has struggled to hitting superb form since arrived at Camp Nou in January 2018 from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and he was shipped out on a season loan to Bayern Munich for this campaign.
The 28-year-old has made impressive starting in Bundesliga where is scored eight goals and provided nine assists in all competitions, but the German champions are reportedly not interested in signing the Brazilian star on a permanent deal.
The Brazilian star has been widely for a return to the Premier League, where he enjoyed the best spell of his career, and it is suggested that Arsenal will look to to trade holding midfielder Matteo Guendouzi for the playmaker.
Mikel Arteta fell out with the Frenchman after he grabbed Neil Maupay around the throat during a recent clash against Brighton.
The Frenchmanwas excluded from the squad which beat Manchester City 2-0 to reach the FA Cup final.
Foot Mercato add that Arsenal have been in contact with Coutinho’s representative for several months.
The shock report also claims that Barcelona are long-term admirers of Guendouzi and would be open to taking the player.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has recently admitted his client is looking for a return to England’s top-flight.
He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point,” he told Sky Sports.
‘It may not happen this year, it may happen this year – we don’t know. We have not discussed anything for now.’