Barcelona president Joan Laporta is reportedly keen on the ideal of a surprise swap deal with Arsenal, according to latest transfer rumours from Spain.
The Gunners could be offered Philippe Coutinho in an exchange deal for Granit Xhaka, according to Don Balon, with Barcelona keen to beat Roma to the Switzerland international’s signature.
Arsenal fans could well be tempted by the chance to sign Coutinho in a deal like this, as it avoids them forking out big money for the out-of-form Brazilian.
Coutinho was a hit at Liverpool in his first spell in the Premier League, and it may well be that he can still get back to his best with a move back to England.
It would be a gamble, though, so if Arsenal can land him as part of Barca’s bid to sign Xhaka, that might be the best way for this move to come about.
Xhaka is no longer looking like being a key player for Mikel Arteta’s side, with Don Balon reporting on Roma trying to sign the 28-year-old.
Barcelona seem keen on Xhaka due to his fine form for his country at Euro 2020, but most Arsenal fans won’t be too bothered about losing him after an inconsistent time at the Emirates Stadium.
Coutinho, meanwhile, could be a useful addition to give Arteta more options in attack after the struggles of the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Willian, while Martin Odegaard has now left the club after a brief loan from Real Madrid.