Arsenal have been offered Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho but have turned down the chance of signing him on loan, according to the Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) 8 August 2019
Barca are believed to be demanding a sizeable loan fee for the former Liverpool player, but that hasn’t stopped supporters on Twitter questioning the club’s decision not to go after the Brazilian on deadline day:
Take this guy and sell iwobi
— Rayhan Biswas (@iambUkKa) 8 August 2019
Absolute nonsense 😁
— Darren Armstrong (@Darrenammo86) 8 August 2019
I’m in tears 😭. Arsenal why 😭😭
— OMERTA ☠️ (@adebolaabayomi) 8 August 2019
Bring him arsenal
He will add quality to the team and better than ozil indeed
— Hesham Kamesh (@HeshamKamesh) 8 August 2019
Only Arsenal can reject Coutinho and keep faith in Miki and Iwobi
— Death_Thrash \m/ (Nick Parkes) (@nickparkes1986) 8 August 2019
Man I’d love to see this happen
— YoungAdobo (@KickinItWitKeef) 8 August 2019
We have no interest??? Come on!!!
— San kris Mbarga (@MbargaSan) 8 August 2019
I need him now.!!!!!!!!!
— ♏utie (@JoMu_Josphat) 8 August 2019
Arsenal fans want coutinho
— Seun Arowosafe (@SeunArowosafe) 8 August 2019
Get him in to replace ozil
— Dan (@DJTh3Gooner) 8 August 2019
The Gunners will sign two defenders before 5 pm this evening, barring any last-minute issues, with David Luiz joining from Chelsea for £8m and Kieran Tierney arriving from Celtic for £25m.
That will likely end the club’s summer transfer business, and while a move for Coutinho would certainly excite the fans, it was always an unlikely deal considering the attacking options manager Unai Emery already has at his disposal.
Something could still happen before the window closes today but it would be a huge surprise if the Brazilian arrived at the Emirates.