Report: Arsenal offered chance to sign Philippe Coutinho for just £9million

Arsenal have reportedly been offered the opportunity to sign Barcelona outcast playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, in deal which could cost the north London outfit as little as £9million.

The Brazilian attacker is still on loan at Bayern Munich as the German champions prepare for the resumption of the Uefa Champions League next month, but the Bundesliga side have passed up the opportunity to sign the 28-year-old permanently.

With a reintegration into the first-team at the Camp Nou unlikely, Coutinho has been offered a return to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Tottenham, but a deal with Mikel Arteta’s side now looks more likely.

According to The Independent, claims that the Catalan giants are open to the idea of a swap deal for Coutinho, involving Arsenal’s out-of-favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi moving in the other direction.

The reports explains in details that an option involving Matteo Guendouzi is being explored, in a swap plus cash deal which would see Arsenal pay just £9m to theLaLiga side.

However, the Gunners board are waiting to see the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final before making any transfer commitments, with the impact of European qualification significant on their finances.

Arsenal need to win against Chelsea at Wembley to qualify for the Europa League, which would provide a budget boost for Mikel Arteta this summer.

The Spanish coach is keen to invest in his squad, and sees Barcelona out-of-favour playmaker Philippe Coutinho as an excellent option in midfield, particularly if Dani Ceballos loan move is not made permanent.

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