Glen Johnson has urged Phillipe Coutinho to join Tottenham Hotspur over Arsenal, insisting that the Lilywhites are going in a better direction than their North London rivals.
Coutinho has struggled to replicate the form he showed at Liverpool since completing his big-money move to Barcelona in 2018.
The midfielder made a decent impact on loan at Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 season, playing a part in the club’s route to a historic treble but he has once again found himself struggling for game time on returning to Camp Nou.
The Brazilian was alleged to be on Tottenham’s radar this summer but a move never materialised.
Reports claimed last month that the 29-year-old was being eyed by Spurs ahead of the January transfer window while Mikel Arteta’s side were also credited with an interest in the Barcelona man.
Johnson believes that his former Liverpool teammate would be better of joining the Lilywhites over the Gunners.
The former England right-back told Bettingodds.com (as relayed by The Metro): “He’s (Coutinho linked with the two big North London clubs and if he was to go to one of them then I’d say Tottenham if I’m being honest.
“Philippe knows that he’s not in a great position at the moment and if he was to go to an Arsenal side who are struggling, then that could affect him even more.
“Arsenal obviously have some very good players, but they’re so far away from the top four which is evident from their performances that they can’t afford to have a luxury player such as Philippe Coutinho.
“You need to build the foundations of a team before you can start prioritising the signing of a number ten. In general, Tottenham are going in a better direction than Arsenal.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Signing Coutinho would be a major gamble considering his form over the last three years. While one can make the case that he would be an upgrade over Dele, I think there are better options available on the market to go for rather than the Brazilian.
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