Tottenham are reportedly exploring ways to bring unwanted Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho to the club this summer.
Coutinho is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and loan club Bayern Munich have confirmed they won’t be taking up their option to buy him.
A host of Premier League clubs are believed to have the 27-year-old on their radar and Football Insider understands that Spurs have been in discussions with Barcelona to see how a deal could work.
According to Football Insider, Spurs have ruled out a permanent transfer but have told Barca that they would be keen to sign the Brazilian international on a season-long loan, or loan-to-buy arrangement.
It would take a multi-million pound loan fee to secure Coutinho and Spurs would apparently be comfortable with this equation.
However, the former Liverpool playmaker’s £200,000 a week wages may be an issue that we have to solve with either Barca or the player, as Football Insider claims that figure would make Coutinho our top earner, which is unlikely to go down well with Harry Kane and the likes.
Darren Bent told Football Insider over the weekend that Spurs should go after Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Kai Havertz, arguing that sometimes clubs need to sign the “best player available” regardless of their position.
While I agree with our former striker’s sentiment, I don’t agree with his chosen target, as Havertz is valued in excess of £70m by transfermarkt.com.
Coutinho, though, would still be one of of the top players in the Premier League, and might be affordable if we can strike the right deal.
He would be an outstanding capture on either a short or long-term basis.