Sky Sports reporter, Kaveh Solhekol, has claimed that Phillippe Coutinho’s agent already had good contacts within Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Spurs have been linked with a move for the former Liverpool star of late, with reports suggesting that the 27-year-old is desperate to return to the Premier League after Bayern Munich rejected the chance to sign him permanently (The Mirror).
The Lilywhites were also rumoured to be in for the midfielder last summer. (Sport via Sport Witness) said that a deal collapsed due to financial reasons, a claim that has been denied by Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian (Daily Mail).
Soljekol has now revealed that Tottenham and their London rivals already have a good relationship with Joorabchian, which could give them an upper hand in the race for the midfielder.
Sport recently reported that Man United were confident of winning the race for Coutinho’s signature, but Soljekol’s statement implies that the London clubs have the upper hand.
However, he insisted that Barcelona will have to drastically reduce their asking price for any deal to become a possibility.
Solhekol told Sky Sports: “Philippe Coutinho’s agent has a big job on his hands.
“Barcelona want to sell him this summer. He is on loan at Bayern Munich but they are unlikely to make the move permanent.
“Barcelona want more than £100m for a player who will be 28 in the summer. That means there will be little resale value for any interested clubs.
“Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has good contacts at Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.
“A move to those clubs is possible, but Barcelona would have to drop their asking price dramatically or it would have to be a loan with an option to buy deal.
“Interested clubs know that Barcelona want to sell him this summer. They know that it was a big mistake for Barcelona to spend £142m on him.
“I can’t see how this is going to end well for Barcelona.”
Spurs Web Opinion
A permanent deal for Coutinho is unlikely this summer as no club is going to be in a position to be able to afford Barcelona’s asking price. I would prefer us to look elsewhere if we can’t sign him permanently rather than look to do a loan deal.
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