Tottenham Hotspur’s quest to land Philippe Coutinho this summer may have just taken a hit as the latest reports from Spain indicate that Newcastle United have now entered the race for the midfielder.
Newcastle’ proposed £300 million takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium is still awaiting Premier League approval, but the Magpies are already said to be exploring the transfer market to strengthen their squad (Express).
It was initially reported that Tottenham and Chelsea were set to battle it out for the Coutinho’s signature this summer (Nicolo Schira). The Brazilian was signed by Barcelona from Liverpool for £142m just two years ago (Guardian).
A recent report from Marca raised question marks about the possibility of a deal by revealing that Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, was open to keeping the former Liverpool star at the Camp Nou.
However, Mundo Deportivo now reports that Newcastle have entered the race for the 27-year-old and are ready to spend big to bring him to St James’ Park.
The report suggests that Everton are also ready to spend a considerable amount to sign the Brazilian this summer.
Spurs Web Opinion
I highly doubt whether Coutinho would want to move to Newcastle or Everton if Tottenham and Chelsea are interested. However, it would be difficult for any club to get a permanent deal done for the Brazilian unless Barca are willing to lower their valuation. I don’t have any hopes that we are going to pull this deal off.
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