He started the season launched and it seemed that Ronald Koeman would recover him for his Barça project, but a tear of the external meniscus of the left knee turned off his progression, leaving his match counter with FC Barcelona at 90. And Arsenal wants to take advantage of this last data to go for Philippe Coutinho in case he fails to retain Martin Odegaard.
As has been known in recent days, Barcelona will have to pay an additional 23 million euros to Liverpool if Coutinho plays 100 games as a Barça player, as part of the agreement that made him change Anfield for Camp Nou in 2018. And this situation would be the fuse that would light the possible goodbye of the Brazilian from the Catalonia and return to the Premier League, where he lived his best sporting stage wearing a ‘Reds’ shirt.
This is stated by the ‘Daily Express’, which anticipates that the ‘Gunners’ have set themselves the goal of signing the Brazilian midfielder, if Odegaard finally returns from his assignment to Real Madrid next season. Coutinho is a perennial goal at Arsenal, who already wanted him last season when his assignment at Bayern Munich ended. Ultimately it did not happen and now they could take advantage of this succession of events to achieve a reasonable price.
Of course, Coutinho´s plan only has space in the Emirates Stadium if they fail to stay with Odegaard for at least one more year, this being an operation that will depend mainly on the last word that Zinedine Zidane has about the future of the Nordic footballer. Nevertheless, the footballer anticipates the play and winked at Mikel Arteta. "I get along really well with him. Is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to 'sharpen my ears' and pay attention. It's fantastic”, he assured.