The Spanish club Barcelona is facing difficult choices to overcome the financial crisis it is suffering after the decline in its annual revenues due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, in addition to the decline in the team’s performance at the level of domestic and international seasons.
According to reports, the Catalan club wants to abandon a number of its players, most notably the Brazilian star Felipe Coutinho, who has not performed in the ranks of Liverpool FC, since joining the “Camp Nou” during the winter transfer period in 2018.
Because of the unexpected performance from Coutinho, the player was loaned to Bayern Munich during the winter transfers last year for 8.5 million euros, despite the Catalan club costing about 120 million euros to complete Coutinho’s transfer from the “Reds” until the end of the 2023 season.
With the return of the Brazilian player to Barcelona’s midfield after the end of the current season, the Catalan club must sacrifice Coutinho’s services in midfield, as the “Blaugrana” wants his departure in exchange for a deal comparable to the one he incurred for his move to Camp Nou.
And according to the Spanish newspaper “AS”, Coutinho and his agents arrived at the headquarters of Arsenal club to talk about the possibility of joining the squad of Spanish coach Mikel Arteta, who showed enthusiasm to benefit from the player’s services in the ranks of Arsenal.
Reports indicate that Arsenal’s management has offered about 44.3 million euros in exchange for the services of the former Liverpool star, but the Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, revealed that Arsenal wants to sign Coutinho on loan, not through a final sale.
The newspaper confirmed that Arsenal asked Barcelona to bear part of Coutinho’s salary during the loan period, but “Barca” refuses to do so.
The newspaper pointed out that Barcelona confirmed that it would not take any step regarding the future of Coutinho before the end of the Champions League, betting on the improvement of the player’s performance, which may make him on the radar of other clubs and the increase in the value of his transfer deal.