Barcelona are prepared to pay for a portion of Tottenham target Philippe Coutinho’s wages if he leaves the club.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Barca are aware Coutinho’s wages, which are reportedly more than £200k-a-week, will be too expensive for clubs to pay as a result of the economic uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. As a result, the Spanish giants are willing to work on a compromise to cover his hefty salary.
The Brazilian has spent the past season on loan at Bayern Munich but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made it clear that they have no intentions of signing him permanently, which has paved the way for Spurs to make a move in the summer.
Earlier this season, Football Insider revealed that the Lilywhites are keen to sign him on loan with the option to buy, and this news may be a massive boost for Jose Mourinho.
While Coutinho has struggled to hit the same heights he enjoyed with Liverpool, he is still a world-class player.
Ever since he moved to the Nou Camp from Anfield in 2018, the £50.4m-valued Brazil international has played in 76 games for the Blaugrana, scoring 21 goals in total.
The 27-year-old has won La Liga twice, even though he lost his place in the starting lineup to his teammate Antoine Griezmann when Quique Setien took charge of the club.
Despite this obvious setback, he has remained undeterred, scoring 8 goals and creating 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 (WhoScored).
Although Coutinho has largely failed to recreate the form that saw him win Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2015, the playmaker would certainly be a major upgrade on the midfield options that Mourinho currently has at his disposal.
Indeed, it is worth pointing out that the Brazilian has earned a solid WhoScored rating of 7.29 for his performances so far, which is higher than the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso.
All things considered, a player of his calibre is clearly the missing piece in the puzzle as Spurs look to challenge for silverware next season. Given the fact that Barca are ready to split the costs, his £8m valuation is surely more than affordable, and he may even act as a mentor to some of the youngest players in the squad, which would be an added bonus.
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