Alex Bruce believes Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho would be a ‘great signing’ for Tottenham Hotspur if they manage to pull off a move in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hull City defender suggested Spurs may reap the rewards if Coutinho can replicate his heroics at Anfield.
Earlier this week, the outlet reported the Lilywhites have told Barca they are keen to sign the Brazilian on loan with the option to buy.
Sources revealed the club are looking to cover only part of his hefty weekly wages as it is likely a loan deal would cost Daniel Levy several millions.
He has spent the past season on loan at Bayern Munich but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently announced the Bundesliga club do not intend to sign him permanently.
Nevertheless, the Premier League veteran feels he would be a welcome addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Bruce told assistant editor Russell Edge: “well it would be a great signing, wouldn’t it? He’s been in the Premier League before and had a huge impact with Liverpool and obviously, if he comes back to the Premier League, Spurs will be hoping he has a similar impact.
“With the loans, they’ll do a deal on the wages but clubs will need to get players off wage bills and things like that so I think the loan market will be very active.”
While Coutinho has largely failed to find the form that saw him win Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2015, it is difficult to disagree with the pundit on this one.
He has won La Liga twice with the Spaniards, although he lost his place in the starting lineup to Antoine Griezmann once Quique Setien took charge of the club.
However, it is fair to say the Brazil international was undeterred by this setback, as he has shown flashes of his overall brilliance at the Allianz Arena, scoring 8 goals and 6 assists in the Bundesliga this season, taking 2.6 shots per game, making 1.4 key passes, and completing 1.5 dribbles on average. He has been awarded a solid statistical rating of 7.29 via WhoScored in recognition of his performances.
The club’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele has arguably struggled for consistency this season, earning a below-par rating of 6.9 via WhoScored, and his teammate Giovani Lo Celso is currently rated at 6.65 according to WhoScored.
Evidently, Coutinho could give Mourinho the experience he desperately needs to challenge for trophies next season, and he may even act as a mentor to some of Spurs’ younger players on-and-off the pitch.
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