Tottenham reached an agreement with Barcelona to potentially sign Phillipe Coutinho in the summer before the midfielder joined Aston Villa on loan, according to Catalan radio station Cadena Ser (via AS).
Villa recently confirmed the signing of the Brazilian playmaker on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The deal includes an option to buy for Steven Gerrard’s side, who will also pay just under 50 per cent of Coutinho’s weekly wage.
However, the details behind the move have not stopped there, with Cadena Ser reporting that Tottenham also have an option to sign the former Liverpool midfielder.
Spurs were said to have been keeping tabs on Coutinho ahead of lining up a transfer this month, but opted against bringing him to N17 this term.
Now, it is claimed that both Spurs and Villa have secured identical clauses worth £33m (as relayed by The Metro) which gives them the chance to see how he fares on his second spell in the Premier League before committing to a permanent deal.
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This is pretty interesting considering Spurs never pursued a move for Coutinho and he is currently an Aston Villa player. But the price he would be available at is a relatively modest one, but ultimately it will come down to if he performs for Villa this season.
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