Arsenal start talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian

Arsenal start talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have reported on Wednesday that Arsenal have begun talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, over a possible move for the Brazilian.

It’s revealed that Joorabchian has been working on trying to get Coutinho back to the Premier League “for months”.

Of course, Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona. However, he was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 season, after failing to cement a place in the Barcelona first-team.


Will Arsenal sign Coutinho?

Mundo Deportivo believe that Arsenal are the “best placed” club to sign Coutinho from Barcelona.

Why? One reason forwarded is that Coutinho’s agent, Joorabchian, has a “great relationship” with Raul Sanllehi.

Raul Sanllehi is the head of football at Arsenal.

However, Mundo Deportivo also stress that Coutinho is unlikely to join Arsenal anytime soon.

The Gunners are currently preparing for an FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea, while Bayern Munich are preparing for the final stages of the Champions League.


Arsenal want to include Matteo Guendouzi in the Coutinho deal

Mundo Deportivo also report on how much Arsenal want to pay for Coutinho.

Readers are told that the Gunners would consider offering Barcelona 50 million euros, plus Matteo Guendouzi.

Barcelona, however, aren’t keen on that deal, as they have no interest in signing Guendouzi.


Could Coutinho join another Premier League club?

Finally, readers are reminded that Leicester and Newcastle United have also been linked to Coutinho.

The chances of a move to Leicester, however, feel remote, especially after the Foxes agreed a new long-term contract with James Maddison.

Newcastle’s hopes of signing Coutinho, meanwhile, likely hinge on their proposed takeover going through. And there’s been little to suggest that the takeover will receive the green light in the near future.


Kia Joorabchian

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 13: Kia Joorabchian looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at The City of Manchester Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Kia Joorabchian’s growing influence on Arsenal’s transfer policies

He’s not an Arsenal employee – he’s a super agent – however, Kia Joorabchian appears to exert incredible influence over Arsenal’s transfer policies.

Arsenal recently agreed four new contracts, including signing Cedric Soares from Southampton on a 4-year deal. David Luiz will also remain at the club for another 12 months.

What do Cedric and Luiz have in common? Kia Joorabchian is their agent.

During an interview with TalkSport last month, which touched on transfer talks with his clients, Joorabchian also dropped the following eye-catching comment:

It’s a case of allowing Arsenal to sort out everything that needs to be sorted out during this pandemic. There are several issues within the whole structure that will get resolved.

These comments triggered many into believing that Kia Joorabchian is deeply involved in the transfer decision process at the Emirates Stadium.

The super agent’s comments, however, shouldn’t really come as a surprise, when considering the fact that Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, is another Joorabchian client.


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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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