If Romano is right, Arsenal could hijack move to sign £142m player – our view

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Arsenal were heavily linked with a decision to sign Philippe Coutinho in January. And last summer. And the month of January before.

In fact, Coutinho was a target for Arsenal for much of Edu’s two-and-a-half-year stay at the Emirates Stadium and that’s Probably the Brazilian connection.

Seeing the loanee Barcelona thrive at Aston Villa might disappoint the former Gunners midfielder, who is now truly their transfer guru.

However, if an update from Fabrizio Romano is accurate, North Londoners could always sign the South American maestro.


Despite three goals and three assists in seven Premier League appearances under Gerrard, Aston Villa are yet to make a firm decision on signing him permanently, with the club hierarchy wanting to wait until May.

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However, the longer Villa waits, the more it gives other clubs – especially those in the Premier League – a potential opportunity for diversion.

The Midlands side are under no obligation to sign him and even if they decide to pull the trigger, the 29-year-old is under no obligation to join.

And the more impressive he is without Villa wanting to target their intentions, the more he might wonder if he can still arrange a bigger transfer to the Premier League – which is Arsenal.

Everyone knows the Gunners need strikers this summer.

They are the order of the day but, remember, Mikel Arteta’s outfit is 15th in the ‘great chances created’ table this season.

For context, they are level with Burnley on 28.

Creativity remains a major issue at Arsenal and someone like Coutinho – who cost £142million in 2018 – will not only score goals under Arteta, he would also create them.

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