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Arsenal offered chance to sign Philippe Coutinho for just £9million in Barcelona player swap deal



One option that has been presented is that Barcelona take French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and a notional fee, while Coutinho goes to Arsenal on a permanent deal





Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has been offered to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but it is the Gunners that present the likelier possibility of a deal.

The Emirates hierarchy are currently weighing up multiple options as they seek to reshape Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer, with some of that dependent on whether they qualify for the Europa League out of Saturday’s FA Cup final. Winning it will significantly add to Arsenal’s budget.

Arteta wants Matteo Guendouzi out of his squad regardless, and one option that has been presented is that Barcelona take the French midfielder and a notional £9m, while Coutinho goes to Arsenal on a permanent deal.



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The Brazilian would prove attractive to Arsenal for a few reasons, beyond his obvious talent. He best plays in a position Arteta needs to fill, especially if a deal cannot be secured for Dani Ceballos, but Coutinho would also offer insurance if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were to go since he can play through the middle.

The Arsenal hierarchy are currently weighing all this up ahead of what is set to be an important summer for Arteta’s squad-building.

Complicating this option is that Juventus are also interested in Guendouzi, and it is understood Arsenal have broached the possibility of a swap there, too.

Loans and part exchanges are set to dominate this summer’s suppressed transfer market. It is why Arsenal would be highly unlikely to just pay for Coutinho outright.

The same applies to Spurs, although chairman Daniel Levy has been insistent on a younger profile of player, especially for this summer.


PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training



Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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