According to a report from Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have not yet given up hope of signing Philippe Coutinho this summer.

The midfielder is one of many players who Barcelona are looking to move on this summer as they aim to reduce their wage bill and raise transfer funds (Marca).

Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Spurs a couple of months ago (Football Insider) but other reports indicated that Mourinho was not enthusiastic about the prospect of signing the 28-year-old (Mundo Deportivo).

Links to Coutinho have died down recently for Tottenham but Sport now claim that Jose Mourinho’s men are one of three teams that could sign the ex-Liverpool man this summer.

It is claimed that the Brazilian is likely to end up in the Premier League, with Spurs, Arsenal and Leicester all interested in signing him.

The report asserts that the Barca star had rejected Arsenal’s advances previously as the Gunners were not willing to meet his wage demands.

It is revealed that any side trying to sign Coutinho will need to pay €20m (£18.2m) for the loan and €10m (£9.1m) to cover the midfielder’s wages.

Spurs Web Opinion

I do not see us being able to afford either Coutinho’s loan fee or his wages. An attacking midfielder should arguably be the least of our priorities anyway this summer, with some gaping holes in the squad needing to be filled.

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