Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, has warned Tottenham not to pass up the opportunity to land Phillipe Coutinho this summer.
It was reported recently that Tottenham have informed Barcelona of their interest in signing Coutinho on loan, even though a permanent deal for the midfielder is seemingly out of the question this summer.
While his wages were said to pose a problem for the Lilywhites, it was claimed that they were prepared to pay Barcelona a multi-million-pound loan fee to sign the 27-year-old.
There have been question marks over the Brazilian since completing the big-money move to the Spanish giants two and a half years ago, with Barcelona loaning him to Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 season.
However, Whelan believes that a move to the Premier League could be just what Coutinho needs and Spurs would have a world-beater on their hands if he was able to find his best form.
Speaking to Football Insider, the pundit said: “There is a great deal to be had there on a fantastic player.
“No one has got the best out of him since he left Liverpool but there is a player there, a good creative player.
“If you can get that same ability that he had at Liverpool, you have a world-beater on your hands and you can get him for a very, very good price.
“It has got to be the right club. Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea would suit him down to the ground.
“People will take a chance on him because he has got an untold amount of ability.
“He looks very professional and I would want him in my team all day long because players like him are hard to come by.”
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A loan deal with an option to buy will be pretty risk-free and I can’t see too many downsides to the move. While he would not be a like-for-like replacement for Eriksen, he can still potentially add a lot to the squad and the likes of Dele Alli could benefit from having serious competition for his place in the side.
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