It was previously reported that Tottenham were willing to pay a multi-million-pound loan fee to sign Coutinho from Barcelona on a season-long loan (Football Insider).
However, other reports indicated that Spurs had abandoned their chase for the Brazilian as his wage demands were too high (Marca).
Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has already admitted that the 27-year-old would like to return to the Premier League (talkSPORT).
Sport now claim that Barcelona are desperate to sell the former Liverpool star before the end of this month in order to include the money raised from his transfer in this year’s finances.
They are said to be ready to slash his asking price from €90m to around €50m-€60m in order to find a buyer.
Spurs are said to be one of the ‘most interested’ clubs in singing Coutinho and Joorabchian is reportedly trying to convince the Lilywhites to take the midfielder on board.
It is said that Tottenham are ‘intensifying contacts’ with the Spanish giants in order to reach an agreement for Coutinho.
The report also reveals that, while the Lilywhites want a loan deal with an option to buy, Barcelona are keen on finalising a permanent deal.
Spurs Web Opinion
I cannot see us finalising a permanent deal for Coutinho this summer given the financial issues we are dealing with. Besides, I believe spending €50m-€60m on Coutinho would be very risky given that he has looked a shadow of his old self for the past two years. A loan deal with an option to buy would come with much less risk.
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