Arsenal is undergoing a squad 'clean up,' and in order to do so, they will release some of the players in Arteta's squad who they deem surplus. David Luiz has already left, and players such as Willian and Granit Xhaka are rumored to be on their way out.
Barcelona, on the other hand, has an excess squad, which raises the wage bill above LALIGA's maximum wage level. To balance the books, they must sell some of their key players. Philipe Coutinho has been placed on the market, which is where Arsenal come in.
According to Don Ballon, after missing out on Georgino Wijnaldum, Barcelona has set their sights on Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, who was a game changer at EURO 2020. Further reports from Catalonia claim that, due to financial difficulties, Barcelona President Joan Laporta is willing to make a compromise and ask Arsenal to swap Xhaka for Philipe Coutinho instead of paying Xhaka's transfer market value fee.
Looking at the deal, it appears to be a win-win situation for both clubs. Arsenal requires a quality forward in the form of Coutinho, and Barcelona requires a ruthless midfielder in the form of Xhaka, who can come in and hold down Barcelona's midfield.
Will Arsenal be wise to accept this offer? Please leave your thoughts or comments in the section below.
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