Mikel Arteta ‘has asked’ Arsenal board to bring £250,000-a-week midfielder to Emirates

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is asking the club to land Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta is a man that knows he needs to sign some world class players over the next ten weeks of the transfer window, as this Arsenal side is not good enough to challenge for a top four spot, fans know that.

And that means that the board will need to back the Spaniard in his quest to close the gap on his rivals, and also back him when players like Coutinho come into the transfer market.

The Brazilian is being heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League with Barcelona keen to cash in, and it has been claimed that Arsenal are a preferred destination for the Brazilian maestro.

He has not had the best of times at Barcelona since he left the premier League and is eager to rediscover the form that made him one of the best players in the game, so is eager to come back.

And Mundo Deportivo write how Arteta has told club chiefs how he wants the playmaker to spearhead his side back into the Champions League, especially as he wants to add a bit more creativity to the Arsenal attack.

However, Cash remains is the biggest obstacle with Barca looking for an offer in the region of £73m, but reports have suggested that Arsenal would only be willing to pay around the £45 million mark.

If Arteta has asked for Coutinho, then Arsenal should be doing all they can to get the man, if the Spaniard is the man to take the club forward, then he needs the players to do so.

Coutinho would be a massive signing for the club.

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