Following the desire of Arsenal to sign Barcelona playmaker, Philippe Coutinho, former Arsenal defender, Nigerl Winterburn has stated that the club losing out on a deal to sign the winger should not be seen as a blow.
Recall that there were speculations that the Gunners wanted the former Liverpool playmaker on a loan deal.
Barca was eager to part with Coutinho but no agreement was reached before the English premier league was shut.
“I don’t consider Arsenal missing out on Coutinho as a blow because I don’t think that it was ever realistic.”
“Some of the figures that were bandied about, I’ve read that the deal could be worth up to £40 million, would have been an incredible investment from Arsenal for a loan deal and something that just cannot happen.”
“He’s a terrific player, I think he would enhance most squads, but I don’t see it as a missed opportunity, because I was never convinced it was an option,” Winterburn told Sportingbet.