Arsenal start talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have reported on Wednesday that Arsenal have begun talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, over a possible move for the Brazilian.
It’s revealed that Joorabchian has been working “for months” on trying to get Coutinho back to the Premier League.
Of course, Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona. However, he was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 season as he failed to cement a place in the Barcelona first team.
⚠ El Barça, que en otro momento estaba más abierto a una cesión tipo Bayern, ahora quiere, necesita, dinero y sólo dinero
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) July 29, 2020
Will Arsenal sign Coutinho?
Mundo Deportivo believe that Arsenal are the “best placed” club to sign Coutinho from Barcelona.
Why? One reason forwarded is that Coutinho’s agent, Joorabchian, has a “great relationship” with Raul Sanllehi.
Raul Sanllehi is the head of football at Arsenal.
However, Mundo Deportivo also stress that Coutinho is unlikely to join Arsenal anytime soon.
Arsenal are currently preparing for the FA Cup final against Chelsea, while Bayern Munich are preparing for the final stages of the Champions League.
Arsenal want to include Matteo Guendouzi in the Coutinho deal
Mundo Deportivo also report on how much Arsenal want to pay for Coutinho.
Readers are told that the Gunners would consider offering Barcelona 50 million euros plus Matteo Guendouzi.
Barcelona, however, aren’t keen on that deal as they have no interest in signing Guendouzi.
Could Coutinho join another Premier League club?
Finally, readers are told that Leicester and Newcastle United have also been linked to Coutinho.
A move to Leicester, however, feels remote. Especially after the Foxes agreed a new long-term contract with James Maddison.
While Newcastle’s hopes of signing Coutinho would seemingly hinge of their takeover happening. And there’s been little to suggest that the takeover will receive a green light in the near future.
Kia Joorabchian’s growing influence on Arsenal’s transfer policy
He’s not an Arsenal employee – he’s a super agent – however, Kia Joorabchian appears to exert incredible influence over Arsenal’s transfer policy.
Arsenal recently agreed four new contracts, including signing Cedric Soares from Southampton on a 4-year deal while David Luiz will remain at the club for another 12 months.
What Cedric and Luiz have in common? Kia Joorabchian is their agent.
During an interview on TalkSport last month, which touched on the transfer talks with his clients, Kia Joorabchian dropped the following eye-catching comment:
It’s a case of allowing Arsenal to sort out everything that needs to be sorted out during this pandemic. There are several issues within the whole structure that will get resolved.
🙌 “David has been very clear that he is happy at Arsenal.”
📝 “I’m sure we will deal with this [contract] matter at a good time.”
🏆 “David believes the club has huge prospects [to win trophies].”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 1, 2020
Those comments triggered many into believing that Kia Joorabchian is deeply involved in the policy making decisions at the Emirates Stadium.
Joorabchian’s comments, however, shouldn’t really be a surprise when you consider that Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, is another Joorabchian client.
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