Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell claimed on The Highbury Squad Youtube Channel that he would love Phillipe Coutinho at the Emirates.
The Brazilian, now at Barcelona, was one of the Premier League’s best players during his time at Anfield. He played 201 games for them in all competitions and was directly involved in 99 goals, which is a good record.
Barca snapped Coutinho up in January 2018 for a staggering £142 million. (BBC) He was expected to be a star at the Camp Nou, but the Brazilian has had no luck there over the last three-and-a-half years.
He has played just 90 times for them, has been loaned out once already and the Catalans are desperate to get rid of him now. Arsenal have been linked with a move for Coutinho time and again over the last year or so, but no move has ever looked likely.
However, Campbell has claimed that he would love the Brazilian at Arsenal if Edu can get a deal done. He believes that Coutinho would be a real ‘difference-maker’ at the Emirates, but admitted that his wages make this deal unrealistic.
Kevin Campbell: I would take Philippe Coutinho at Arsenal
He said: “I would (sign Coutinho for Arsenal). I know that he’s a difference-maker. I know that. He’s a difference-maker. He can score goals. He can pick a pass. Very good footballer and a very clever footballer.
“A couple of seasons ago, he was a Champions League winner playing with Bayern Munich. Then he goes back to Barcelona and he doesn’t get a kick. So, there is a lot of life left in him yet. But the problem is the wages.”
Coutinho is definitely a fantastic footballer, but he’s not what Arsenal need at the moment. He’s 29 already, and although he may have a bit left in his tank, his best days are clearly behind him, and there’s no point in signing him now.
Besides, the Brazilian is on a ridiculous £406,000-a-week contract at Barcelona. (Salary Sport) There’s no way Edu and Mikel Arteta will even consider offering him anything close to that, which makes this deal impossible, even if they really like him as a player.