The Daily Mail have now established Tottenham Hotspur as the frontrunners for Philippe Coutinho’s signature this summer.
After a season on loan at Bayern Munich, it has been reported that Barcelona are keen to get the 28-year-old off their wage bill this summer (Marca).
Tottenham have been linked with a move for the midfielder (Football Insider) but Sport reported last week that any club looking to sign the former Liverpool man on loan will have to pay a €20m (£18.2m) loan fee and an additional €10m (£9.1m) to cover his wages.
The Daily Mail have now suggested that Coutinho is likely to join a Premier League side this summer, either on a loan deal or a permanent transfer.
They all but rule out the possibility of Chelsea or Newcastle United signing the midfielder as it is revealed that the Blues are after Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, while the collapse of the Magpies’ proposed takeover is said to have ended their hopes.
Spurs, Arsenal, and Leicester are still reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian but doubts are expressed over whether the Gunners have the financial resources to make the deal happen.
The report asserts that, if Jose Mourinho wants to bring Coutinho to Tottenham, agreeing a deal could be relatively straightforward.
Spurs Web Opinion
I can see why the Mail have installed us as the favourites for the midfielder’s signature, given that we were interested in him last summer as well. However, I do not see the 28-year-old being a particularly good fit for the way Jose sets us up. Not only do we not need another attacking midfielder/wide player but the Brazilian does not have the profile that Mourinho usually likes in midfielders.
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