Arsenal have been linked to Phillipe Coutinho for a lot of the current transfer window, however the latest news surrounding the player seems to suggest the deal is now quite unlikely to happen.
According to Marca, via The Sun, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman sees Coutinho as a key player for the La Liga giants and is hoping that he will play a crucial part in their rebuild from a central midfield position.
This ultimately emphasises that the Brazilian is not available to depart on either a permanent transfer or on loan.
His career in Spain looked to be over as he was loaned to Bayern Munich last season and he played well whilst in Germany, making 38 appearances and scoring eleven goals whilst also picking up nine assists, via Transfermarkt, but it seems like the arrival of Koeman could be the catalyst to reviving his career at Barcelona.
His attacking threat was highlighted by his statistics in the Champions League as he averaged 3.1 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1. successful dribbles a game, per WhoScored.
The £50.40m-valued ace has 11 trophies to his name, including the most recent Champions League victory with Bayern Munich last season, and an abundance of attacking creativity per Transfermarkt, which highlights that Coutinho could have definitely been a really good coup for Mikel Arteta at the Gunners.
However it looks like the club will have to look elsewhere. The North London side already have great attacking players like Nicolas Pepe, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka at the club who performed well last season, per WhoScored, whilst they have added creative players to the squad like Dani Ceballos and Willian, so those associated with the club should not be too gutted about not being able to sign the player.
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