Barcelona and Arsenal in talks over swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho
The winter transfer window is fast approaching and operations in the Barcelona offices are in full swing. The announced signing of Ferran Torres in recent hours intensifies the need to erase the payroll without compromising the needs of the team.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal have suggested a proposal that kills two birds with one stone.
The London-based team have made a proposal to Barcelona that could see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move to Camp Nou while Philippe Coutinho move to Emirates.
The deal would end the misery of the players involved, both of whom are experiencing serious career lows.
After dominating the scoring charts in two leagues for years, Aubameyang has struggled under Mikel Arteta. Earlier this month, the forward was stripped of his captain’s post for a “disciplinary violation” in what can certainly be considered the lowest.
His numbers don’t do him a favor either. With just four goals in 14 Premier League games, the 32-year-old is on his way to his worst season since 2009/10.
Coutinho faced a similar situation at Barcelona, but not for disciplinary reasons. The Brazilian has struggled to find his feet in the Catalan capital since joining the club from Liverpool. Despite being Barcelona’s most expensive signing, he’s been on loan once and has been reduced to bench appearances at the moment.
The deal would be a win-win situation for the Catalans, as it would not only cut the payroll by slashing Coutinho’s salary, but also solve the team’s problems in front of goal.
The board is looking to strengthen the team with strategic signings in January. However, this will only be possible if the existing payroll is reduced. Given that Coutinho is one of the club’s best earners and is open to a return to the Premier League, this could be the perfect opportunity to sell him.