Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid to take Philippe Coutinho to London on a season-long loan, according to the latest reports from England
The Spurs are trying to hijack Arsenal in the race for the Brazilian’s signature, with Mauricio Pochettino looking to reunite with Coutinho, with whom he has worked briefly during his time at Espanyol.
Although the Gunners seemed to be in the driver’s seat over the past couple of days, their north London rivals have now leapfrogged them and are confident of getting the deal over the line sooner rather than later.
Barcelona splashed out £142 million to sign the 27-year-old from Liverpool in January 2018, but the player has never managed to impress at the Camp Nou.
[@TimesSport] | Tottenham Hotspur have now officially made a loan offer to sign Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window slams shut.— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) August 6, 2019
FC Barcelona want to sell the midfielder, during this summer transfer window but however are looking for a minimum fee of £21M.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/aNo99PuR4k
With the arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, Coutinho is expected to find his first-team opportunities restricted, and the Catalans are, therefore, eager to offload him for at least one season.
However, the reigning La Liga champions ask for a £21 million compensation fee to let their misfit move to the Premier League next year.
If Tottenham do match the Catalans’ demands, the former Inter Milan playmaker can become the club’s highest-paid player, as he currently earns £200,000 a week at Barca.