According to a report in Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur have made it clear to Barcelona that they will not be signing Philippe Coutinho permanently in the summer but are willing to take him on loan next season.
Coutinho is set to return to Barcelona in the summer after it emerged that Bayern Munich would not be taking the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
The midfielder is said to be surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, with Tottenham being one of the sides reportedly pursuing his signature (Nicolo Schira).
Football Insider had previously reported that the Lilywhites had asked to be kept informed about the Brazilian’s situation. The same publication has now revealed that Spurs want to sign the 27-year-old on a loan deal this summer.
It is asserted that, although Tottenham are willing to pay a multi-million-pound loan fee to sign Coutinho, they are not ready to cover the former Liverpool star’s salary, which is said to be in excess of £200,000-a-week.
Spurs Web Opinion
A loan with an option to buy Coutinho next summer is a deal that would make sense for us, provided that the midfielder is willing to take a wage cut. While we are cash strapped at the moment, we could be in a situation to sign him next summer and an option to buy would help us minimise the potential risk in the transfer.
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