Philippe Coutinho makes U-turn over Arsenal decision after rejecting first offer

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho makes U-turn over Arsenal decision after rejecting first offer View 5 comments Philippe Coutinho has asked Arsenal to be given more time to decide his future (Getty Images)Philippe Coutinho has asked Arsenal for an extension to make a decision over his future after he initially rejected a move to Mikel Arteta’s side, according to reports in Spain.Barcelona are looking to offload the Brazil international this summer and the midfielder’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has held talks with several Premier League clubs over a potential deal.According to Sport, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all passed up the opportunity to sign Coutinho this summer.But Arsenal remain in the race alongside Tottenham and Leicester City, and the Gunners have already made an offer to Courtinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSport claims that Coutinho initially rejected Arsenal’s proposal as the Gunners wanted the midfielder to take a pay cut.But Coutinho has now reconsidered and has reportedly asked Arsenal to be given more time to make a decision over his next move. Philippe Coutinho won the domestic league and cup double with Bayern Munich this season (Getty)The report claims that Arteta is a huge admirer of Coutinho and is keen for the 28-year-old to join the Gunners.Barcelona, meanwhile, are demanding a €20 million (£18m) loan fee for Coutinho and want clubs to fund the majority of the midfielder’s £200,000-a-week salary.Coutinho has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich and helped the club win the domestic league and cup double.The midfielder scored nine goals and registered eight assists in 34 appearances for Bayern.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta, meanwhile, has stressed the importance of Arsenal signing players with the right mentality this summer.‘For me, it’s the number one question when we bring someone to the club,’ the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports last week.‘What is he like? How is he going to react in difficult moments? Is he a leader? Is he someone who is going to push his team-mates? Is he hungry for himself, or does he have collective ambitions? Is he someone who can be stable and consistent in the long-term?‘For me, those are always the first questions when we try to sign a player.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jul 2020 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.5kShareslast_img