Tottenham Hotspur ‘enter the race to sign Philippe Coutinho’

Tottenham Hotspur ‘enter the race to sign Philippe Coutinho’

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01 Jan 2022
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Tottenham is set to battle it out with fellow PL sides Arsenal and Everton in a race for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.

Antonio Conte and Sporting Director Fabio Paratici are keen to add creativity to their squad, with an attacking midfielder high on their transfer agenda.

And, Coutinho fits their criteria perfectly and would be available this window.

The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for £146million. But having endured a nightmare time in Catalonia, he was loaned out to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 campaign, before returning to the Nou Camp.

Barca are keen to reduce their wage bill with Coutinho earning in the region of £370,000 a week, and they are prepared to let the Brazilian leave for as low as £16million.

His representatives have spoken to Everton about the possibility of him moving to Goodison Park.

‘My idea, the board has agreed with the principle, is that we bring players that want to be here, especially in January when it is a difficult window. The second one is that they’re players that will help the team, give us something different’, Benitez previously said.

‘We are looking for players that will come and they will give us something straight away. Sometimes you cannot, then you can talk about foreign players because you have to fix a gap in the team but you can bring players that have some experience in the Premier League’.

‘They can perform straight away from day one and that is much better. You try to sign what you want but sometimes you can only sign what you can. With the transfer window in January that is not clear and easy because there are too many players playing Champions League or in Europe’.

‘They don’t want to move, you have Covid-19 and not too much money around. What I have is a lot of agents throwing me names, or throwing us names. Everything is in place to move forward but, for me, it is just to concentrate on the game.’

Since his arrival in Spain, Coutinho has made just 76 appearances for Barcelona, ​​netting 17 goals, and is keen to get his career back on track. 

Despite winning two LaLiga titles, two Copas del Rey, a Bundesliga title, and the Champions League, Xavi is keen to offload him. A move back to the Premier League looks likely, with Merseyside a potential destination.

 

 

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