Tottenham have been linked with a move for former Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho this summer as the Brazilian continues to struggle to fit in at the Nou Camp.
Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich but after the Germans decided against making his loan move permanent (Mail), he will now have to look for a new home after being declared surplus to requirements at Barcelona (AS).
A recent report from Mundo Deportivo via SportWitness is claiming that there is a possibility that he would be shipped out to Tottenham in a swap deal that could see Tanguy Ndombele heading to Catalonia.
Ndombele is struggling to impress Jose Mourinho and there are rumours that the Frenchman might be shipped out of the Lilywhites this summer (TalkSport).
However, the latest twist in the transfer tale is quite an interesting one. The same Spanish paper as cited by SportWitness claims that sources have told them that Mourinho is not looking to get rid of Ndombele and that the former Manchester United tactician actually wants the midfielder to stay.
It also adds that the manager isn’t a fan of Coutinho and he doesn’t think that the Brazilian would fit into his system at Tottenham.
That report effectively rules out a move for Coutinho, if true, simply because it is inconceivable that Mourinho will sign any player that does not fit into his vision.
It has to be said that this is rather interesting because it basically confirms that Mourinho wants Ndombele and not Coutinho despite all the hysterical press coverage.