Report: Newcastle look to hijack Tottenham’s attempts to sign £142m midfielder

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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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  1. Bearing in mind that the potential new owners of Newcastle are 12 times wealthier than the City owner I would imagine lots of players will go to Newcastle if the deal goes through and within 2 or 3 years they will be in the top 2. As for Everton they pay decent wages and are likely to be in the same boat as Tottenham next year i.e. not in Europe. We need to get real about potential signings. We won’t buy unless we sell. There is currently no income and we will miss the income from 5 home games and numerous events at a time when we owe over £600m. These are incredibly tough times and Tottenham will be more affected currently than any other club in world football as our stadium revenue is larger than any club in the world – the reason why it was built. Unless we sell Kane, signings will be youngsters, bargains, free transfers.


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