Report explains Jose Mourinho’s issues with signing Philippe Coutinho

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Dom Le Roy

There have been plenty of contradictory reports regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho over the past week.

Football Insider reported last week that Spurs were willing to pay a multi-million-pound loan fee to land the Barcelona but Marca then claimed that a deal was unlikely.

Mundo Deportivo offered Spurs fans some hope on Tuesday by revealing that the deal was still potentially on. They claimed that the Lilywhites were battling it out with Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Leicester City, and Man United for the 27-year-old’s signature.

However, the same publication (as relayed by Sport Witness) have now reported that Jose Mourinho is not keen on landing the former Liverpool star due to his exorbitant price.

It is explained that the Spurs boss feels that both the €100million demanded by Barcelona for a permanent deal and the €10million for a season-long loan are too high.

The report claims that the Spurs boss also fears that other members of the Spurs first-team would demand higher wages if the Lilywhites were to accept the midfielder’s €200,000 a week wage demands.

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Given the financial impact of COVID-19, the club would have to be extremely cautious of committing to any wage increases. If Coutinho’s arrival does force some Spurs stars to demand a pay rise, then that is the last thing we need at the moment. Additionally, I don’t view an attacking midfielder as a priority for us this summer, so there is no reason for us to break the bank for Coutinho.

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