REPORTS emerging from the belly of London have suggested Arsenal are close to signing the Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Willian. The reports add this is despite the club announcing 55 redundancies on Wednesday.
The Telegraph published that The Gunners are in the driving seat to take Coutinho on loan from Barcelona with his £240 000 (R5.5 million) a week wages are not likely to pose a problem. Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich but the German outfit’s signing of Leroy Sane ruled out any more expensive buys.
Meanwhile, Willian looks set to join Mikel Arteta’s side from fellow-London Chelsea on a three-year deal. The transition should be a welcome transition with Arsenal currently on the high of lifting a record-extending 14th FA Cup with their 2-1 victory over The Blues at Wembley Stadium on August 1.
It would also mean a change of scenery for the big-haired Willian, who has enjoyed a long seven years at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Frank Lampard will now await a final decision from the striker. A statement from Arsenal read: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have been working hard to ensure that Arsenal Football Club emerges in a robust and strong position for the future.
“In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly. The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs.
“Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spendings, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled,” added the statement.