According to an exclusive update courtesy of talkSPORT, Barcelona playmaker and recent Champions League winner Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of making a sensational return to the England this summer – with Catalans boss Ronald Koeman now eager to keep him at the Camp Nou.
The Brazilian, who was recently linked with a move to Spurs, now looks like he will remain in La Liga for the foreseeable future following Barca’s alleged u-turn.
Coutinho had been tipped to move on this summer, particularly to ease the pressure on their wage bill, but Koeman now sees the 62-cap star as part of his future plans, talkSPORT were told.
Should Spurs have signed Coutinho on loan with an option to buy?
Yes, would have been amazing
No, wages extortionate
As a result, Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy have been dealt a transfer blow over a creative outlet who could have been their ideal answer to Christian Eriksen – with reports from earlier this window indicating an interest.
Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has now revealed that the Spanish giants ‘would like him to return’ after-all – potentially putting an end to a number of Premier League clubs’ interest.
Described as a ‘creative genius‘ by Liverpool legend Phil Thompson, it’s little wonder Coutinho was pegged as a potential answer to Spurs’ lack of ingenuity in midfield.
Darren Bent lauded the South American as a ‘superstar signing that Spurs need‘ – but this latest confirmation from his agent has seemingly dashed all hopes of a move.
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