Reportedly, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta wants Barça’s Philippe Coutinho in his team next season. Arteta considers Coutinho a top candidate because the Gunners need reinforcements in the attack. The Brazilian could join Arsenal for just £9m, but Barcelona wants midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (21) in the swap deal as well.
The transfer is quite complicated, however, since Juventus are interested in Guendouzi too. Arsenal is weighing a deal with the Italian club as well, according to reports.
Coutinho is very interested to play in the Premier League, and in fact, he already had offers. However, the player’s price tag is what made things complicated, as Barcelona is not willing to let go of their record-signing for a cheap price. If a direct transfer cannot be completed, Coutinho might move to the London club on loan.
Sources: The Independent, ESPN, Sport
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.