Arsenal have made several appointments to their scouting department over the summer.
As revealed byfootball.london, Romain Poirot – formerly at Nottingham Forest and then Manchester City – has been appointed as a first-team scout with a particular focus on the French football market.
Furthermore, James Ellis has been added to the department after joining from London rivals Fulham and his role at Emirates Stadium will be based domestically.
But the appointment that has garnered a lot of interest from Arsenal supporters on social media is that of Toni Lima, a former Andorran international who has previously worked at the likes of Manchester United, Inter Milan and the Brazil Football Federation.
Lima officially started his role in July which will focus on the Spanish market, and will report to Arsenal technical director Edu whom he knows from his time in Brazil.
What is interesting Gunners fans the most about Lima’s appointment is his previous connections to Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.
Lima is credited with bringing the pair to Europe for the first time and this has sparked up a potential transfer theory.
It just so happens that Coutinho had been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium before a talk of a swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Barcelona was ruled out.
However, given Lima’s ties to the attacking midfielder, some Arsenal fans would not be surprised to see Coutinho complete a move before transfer deadline day on August 31.
@Maps_Welsh said: “He’s going to bring Coutinho!”
The transfer window is in full swing and things are beginning to ramp up with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s dealings at the Emirates.
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With that said, a deal for Coutinho does look unlikely.
In addition to journalist Fabrizio Romano confirming Barcelona have no interest in a swap deal involving the Brazilian and Aubameyang, Arsenal have made a breakthrough in their attempts to sign a creative midfielder.
As reported by football.london on Tuesday night, the Gunners are closing in on the signing of Martin Odegaard for a fee in the region of €35m (£29m), and this deal would all but certainly end any talk of a move for Coutinho.