Arsenal have three bargain James Maddison transfer alternatives as £60m Leicester fee set


    Philippe Coutinho

    It is a terribly kept secret that Barcelona are desperately scrambling to shift their highest earners off the wage bill.

    Coutinho falls into that category, having arrived as the third most expensive player in football history.

    With scarce interest in a permanent deal, Barca are supposedly happy to let the Brazilian leave on loan. Unfortunately for Arsenal, this would mean covering his lucrative wages in full, but that would still make him much cheaper than Maddison.

    If he was lured to the Emirates, it would be Coutinho’s first return to the Premier League since his scintillating spell with Liverpool which, on its own, should be enough to get Gunners fans excited given how key a player he was for the Reds.

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