Report offers update on Tottenham’s reported pursuit of Philippe Coutinho

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur will not be signing Phillipe Coutinho this summer, with both a loan deal and permanent transfer now off the table, according to a report in Marca.

Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian midfielder over recent weeks.

It was reported that the Lilywhites wanted to sign the 27-year-old on loan this summer after Bayern Munich decided not to take up the option to sign him permanently.

Football Insider claimed that Spurs were willing to pay a multi-million-pound loan fee to Barcelona in order to sign Coutinho but did suggest that his wages may prove problematic for the North Londoners.

Marca now reports that Spurs will not be landing the Barcelona star as his wage demands do not fall within the club’s tight wage structure.

The report claims that Jose Mourinho is not contemplating a move for the former Liverpool man as he is well aware that the club cannot afford the transfer fee or wages associated.

It is claimed that Barcelona are desperate to get Coutinho off their wage bill and that Newcastle United may be willing to sign him.

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Barring Newcastle, I cannot see any club being too thrilled to pay Coutinho the over €200,000 a week he is earning at Barcelona. Given how badly the COVID-19 pandemic has hit clubs’ revenue streams, the Brazilian would probably need to take a pay cut to get the move he wants.

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