Despite prior reports, Tottenham are still interested in signing Philippe Coutinho this summer.
Previous claims suggested that Spurs weren’t looking to add the Brazilian to their squad once the window opens. However, that has now been contradicted by new suggestions from Spanish outlet, Sport (via Sport Witness).
They reported on Wednesday that Jose Mourinho’s men were one of the most interested teams in signing the Barcelona midfielder.
On loan at Bayern Munich, both Juventus and Inter Milan have turned down the opportunity to sign Coutinho.
Per the report, Coutinho’s agent has been trying to get Spurs to sign the 27-year-old, with communications intensifying between all parties.
It’s thought that Barcelona’s asking price now stands at between €50m-€60m (£44.8m-£53.7m), but they are also demanding a player – preferably a centre-back or left-back for his services.
Barca want to avoid another loan spell and sell Coutinho in the summer.
GIVE ME SPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
Club’s appear to be swarming around the Brazil international with his future very much up in the air.
Newcastle have also been linked with Coutinho but surely he’d be more intrigued at playing for a team regularly competing in Europe.
It remains to be seen where he does end up but in the former Liverpool man, Mourinho could discover Spurs’ Christian Eriksen replacement.
The Dane departed for Inter in January after scoring 69 times and contributing 89 assists for Tottenham so there is a clear creative void left in the team.
Coutinho is a player in a similar mould, capable of finding the back of the net from range and setting up goals for his teammates on a regular basis.
His time in Bayern may not have been completely successful, starting just 15 Bundesliga matches, but he still has eight strikes (nine in all comps) and six assists in the league. Even when he’s not at his best, he’s still a thrilling player to watch – he could well be game-changing for Mourinho’s side.
After all, he rates him extremely highly. Before signing for Barcelona, the Portuguese boss said he’d value the midfield man at £101m.
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