According to a report in the paper edition of Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), agent Kia Joorabchian has been moving to get his client, Philippe Coutinho, a deal – even contacting Tottenham Hotspur over a possible move.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye new attacking additions…
Tottenham have been linked with a plethora of new attacking additions this summer.
Firstly, Spurs are on the lookout for a new out-and-out forward who could partner or replace superstar Harry Kane.
The Lilywhites and managing director Fabio Paratici have also had their eyes peeled for creative influences, linked to Sampdoria sensation Mikkel Damsgaard.
Now, Mundo Deportivo bring news of a possible opportunity involving Coutinho.
The Latest: Spurs offered Coutinho chance…
As per the Spanish news outlet, the former Liverpool star’s agent has been in contact with Spurs as he looks to secure his client a move away from Barcelona.
The La Liga giants need to reduce their hefty wage bill and are open to any kind of offer for their Brazilian playmaker, including a loan deal.
Coutinho is apparently determined to get back to his best form and the Spanish press believe that Spurs could have the opportunity to grasp a ‘star’ signing this summer.
The report fails to add Tottenham’s stance on signing Coutinho after Joorabchian’s alleged contact, but we believe he could be a stellar addition.
The Verdict: Big statement
If Paratici and co were to secure a move for Coutinho, it would be a big statement on Tottenham’s behalf.
Taking the 63-cap international on a season-long loan would be a step in the right direction financially but much will also depend on the payment structure of his wages.
Coutinho is thought to be on a whopping £250,000 per week (€15m per year) at Barcelona and Spurs are unlikely to be willing to pay all of it.
If Paratici and co were to negotiate a deal to suit both sides, though, the 29-year-old would add real attacking impetus for new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
His Brazil teammate Roberto Firmino waxed lyrical over him at the end of last year, calling Coutinho ‘phenomenal’ with ‘magical powers’ (Goal).
Meanwhile, ex-Liverpool player turned pundit Phil Thompson hailed him as a ‘genius’ (via the Evening Standard).
Indeed, his 41 goals and 37 assists in 152 English top flight appearances (Transfermarkt) indicate he could just need an opportunity to shine again with regular football.
In other news: Tottenham set sights on signing yet another defender, he is ready for move away…find out more here.
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