‘Incredible investment’ Gunners fans sent £142 million Coutinho Arsenal transfer message
Former Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn has claimed that Manchester United target and Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho would have been a terrific signing for the club during the summer.
Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning the likes of United are interested in a potential deal.
But there was some shock transfer talk on deadline day that the Gunners made a last-ditched attempt to bring him back to the Premier League on a loan-basis, but they couldn’t strike a deal as reports suggested that Barcelona wanted £40 million to loan the Brazilian.
However, Arsenal hero Winterburn says the Gunners were never likely to sign the former Liverpool ace, but he would have bee a great signing for the club.
“I don’t consider Arsenal missing out on Coutinho as a blow because I don’t think that it was ever realistic,” he told SportingBet.
“Some of the figures that were bandied about, I’ve read that the deal could be worth up to £40 million, would have been an incredible investment from Arsenal for a loan deal and something that just cannot happen.
“He’s a terrific player, I think he would enhance most squads, but I don’t see it as a missed opportunity, because I was never convinced it was an option.”
Coutinho is an absolute superstar and it is a massive shock to see that he has been unable to produce the kind of form he managed at Liverpool.
He would have been that game-changing signing that many fans wanted to see arrive during the summer window, and they may have preferred the Brazilian to club record signing Nicolas Pepe?
Coutinho will leave Barcelona in the next couple of transfer windows, and if Arsenal are interested, they may decide to make more of a firm offer when they get back in the Champions League.