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Philippe Coutinho’s slashed transfer valuation as Arsenal linked with move

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Philippe Coutinho could be available for just half the £142million Barcelona paid for him back in 2018.

The Brazilian is looking for a new club this summer and Arsenal have reportedly registered their interest in bringing him to the Emirates.

Barcelona, who boast the world’s most expensive squad in terms of salary, are facing financial problems at the moment.

They need to offload players this summer to balance the books, and Coutinho is first on the list to leave.

The Brazilian’s price has dropped dramatically since he joined the La Liga giants two years ago.

Not only has he depreciated as a player after his failed loan spell at Bayern Munich, but the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on every player’s valuation.

Philippe Coutinho could be available for just half the £142million Barcelona paid for him

Back in May Forbes suggested Coutinho’s market value is now half of what Barcelona paid for him two years ago; around £70million.

If this is the case then Liverpool’s record sale could be available to purchase for less than what the Gunners paid for Nicolas Pepe.

Arsenal haven’t splashed cash in the same way as their top four rivals in recent years, and interestingly Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian – who just so happens to be a Gunners fan – was among the supporters urging owner Stan Kroenke to open his chequebook last year.

He told talkSPORT: “I feel for the guys that have just come in – Raul [Sanllehi – head of football] and Edu and [former manager] Unai Emery.

“I feel for them because we have finally got incredibly knowledgeable footballing people there.

“Raul came in from Barcelona, Edu came from the Brazil national team and is an legend at Arsenal, and Emery is a fantastic coach who has coached at Sevilla and PSG.

Coutinho has fallen out of favour at Barcelona

“Finally Arsenal have people who really understand football and are footballing people in the back room staff, but the question is whether or not the finances will be made available.

“If you don’t make the finances available, there is no big secret. If you cannot buy some strong players they have to reinforce in defence, they have to reinforce in midfield and they have to reinforce out wide.

The Brazilian failed to impress while out on loan at Bayern Munich

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“Arsenal have a great advantage that they already have what many clubs are looking for – two world class strikers in Aubameyang and Lacazette. The problem is they have to rebuild everywhere else as the rest of the team is lacking.

“So unless the finances are made available it puts a lot of pressure on the guys they have hired to be able to deliver what they’ve been brought in to deliver.”

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