According to a surprise report by Cadena SER, as relayed by AS, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a fee to potentially sign Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho after his loan spell at Spurs’ Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
The Lowdown: Coutinho completes return to England…
Before sealing his temporary move to Villa Park, where he will reunite with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, many clubs were linked with signing the Brazil international, including Tottenham.
There were even suggestions that he would have chosen Spurs over other suitors like Newcastle and it is believed that the Lilywhites were willing to table a €20m (£16.7m) offer to sign Coutinho at one stage (El Nacional).
Alas, Villa eventually won the race for his signature this month, but Cadena SER (via AS) have lifted the lid on a surprise development in the story.
The Latest: Spurs agree Coutinho fee for next summer…
According to their information, Villa’s option to buy Coutinho at the end of his loan spell in the Midlands amounts to around €40m (£33.4m).
They claimed that this amount is the ‘same’ as what Barcelona have also ‘agreed’ with Spurs if they alternatively wish to sign the 29-year-old.
The Verdict: Surprise claim…
After the Villans confirmed his loan signing, you would’ve thought that it was the last we’d hear of the 29-year-old potentially joining Tottenham.
Alas, following this surprise claim, it would seem that Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici is thinking long ahead into the future and keeping a firm watch on just how Coutinho will fare back in the English top flight under Gerrard.
Called a ‘sensational player’ and ‘unbelievable’ by his former Anfield teammate Glen Johnson, who believes the Brazilian can still cut it in the big time, Coutinho’s phenomenal haul of 54 goals and 45 assists in 201 appearances for Liverpool comes as strong evidence for that.
Time will tell whether the Brazil maestro can impress Spurs or Villa enough for either club to sign him permanently for £33.4m, but it will certainly be interesting to see how it plays out.
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