Premier League Odds Lines Looking Good For Coutinho Loan Deal
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Philippe Coutinho is due to return to FC Barcelona although he is unlikely to get a chance to play. Since being acquired via a record deal from Liverpool, the Brazilian has not lived up to the hefty investment made by Barca. He was eventually loaned to Bayern Munich, something that will come to an end soon. Based on the latest reports, it appears Premier League odds lines have improved. Arsenal F.C. has emerged as his likely next destination, giving Blaugrana a big sigh of relief.
Considering the Gunners are looking to beef up their defensive line, Coutinho could be a timely addition. Of course, Kia Joorabchian has helped in making it happen and this could be a good break for the Brazilian. He has struggled since leaving The Reds and the big money move out of Liverpool has simply been a nightmare.
Premier League Odds Lines to Emirates Stadium looking good
A move to Emirates Stadium could help Coutinho. He finds himself under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, an influential figure that could help him get his football career back on track. He could be in for a good role, a challenge he could take by heart.
On the part of Barca, it would be a big sigh of relief. They were unable to find interested takers for Coutinho, most worried about his hefty salary. Add to that his poor performance, clubs would rather look at other players with manageable salaries. Barcelona had hoped for a permanent deal for Coutinho at Bayern but Der FCB was not interested in one.
Barca not entirely off the hook
Arsenal may be interested in taking in Philippe Coutinho but some financial issues need to be addressed. The Brazilian may have to agree to a wage cut if he wants to continue playing. If not, Barca could end up paying a portion of his salary. Most clubs are dealing with financial stress, including the Gunners. They are trying to stretch their budget although some player deals are likely to happen in the summer.
For Barca, that would be better than dealing with Coutinho’s full wages. It would be a bit of a relief on their end, along them to also go after players they covet.
Arsenal stint not yet done deal
Though Arsenal is reportedly in the lead for his services, the deal is not yet official until signed. There are other clubs also interested in the services of the 28-year-old player. West Ham is another team keeping tabs of the situation. The Hammers expressed interest in Coutinho back in January and appear to be interested once more.
A return to Liverpool was also mentioned in the past months although nothing has progressed. Considering he had his best years under Jurgen Klopp, a return to Anfield is also an option. However, bridges have been burned and Klopp may still be sore at Coutinho. The Reds manager tried to convince the Brazilian to stay but Coutinho elected to move out and take the big-money offer. As most know, that did not turn out well up to this point.