Tottenham ‘enter race to sign Philippe Coutinho’, with cash-strapped Barcelona ready to offload their £ 145million flop for just £ 16million this month … but Spurs are battling their rivals Arsenal and Everton to clinch Brazilian playmaker
Tottenham are set to fight with fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Everton in a run for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho flop.
Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici are keen to add creativity to their squad, with an attacking midfielder leading their transfer schedule.
And according to El Nacional, the Brazilian fits their criteria perfectly, and would be available this window.
The report also claims Everton are the latest team to join the race for the 29-year-old alongside the two north London clubs.
Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho looks set to go during January transfer window
Former Liverpool playmaker, 29, is a target for Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for £ 146million, but after suffering a nightmare in Catalonia he was loaned to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 campaign, before returning to Camp Nou.
Barca are keen to cut their payrolls, with Coutinho making around £ 370,000 a week, and he is ready to let the Brazilian go for as little as £ 16million.
His representatives have spoken to Everton about the possibility of him moving to Goodison Park, with Rafael Benitez having recently secured his sixth signing, capturing Vitaliy Mykolenko for £ 18million from Dynamo Kiev.
“My idea, the board of directors accepted the principle, is that we bring players who want to be here, especially in January when it’s a difficult window. The second is that these are the players who will help the team, give us something different, ”said Benitez previously.
“We are looking for players who will come and they will give us something right away. Sometimes you can’t, then you can talk about foreign players because you have to fill a gap in the squad but you can bring in players who have some experience in the Premier League.
Rafael Benitez claimed he only wanted players who want to play for Everton shirt
Coutinho would be a shrewd deal from Benitez, if he got the signing
He would become Everton’s second capture in January after already signing Vitaliy Mykolenko
“They can perform from day one and that’s a lot better. You try to sign what you want, but sometimes you can only sign what you can. With the January transfer window, it is not clear and easy because there are too many players playing in the Champions League or in Europe.
“They don’t want to move, you have Covid-19 and not too much money around. What I have are a lot of agents throwing names at me, or throwing names at us. Everything is in place to move forward but, for me, it’s just to focus on the game. ‘
Since arriving in Spain, Coutinho has only made 76 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 17 goals, and wants to get his career back on track.
Despite having won two LaLiga titles, two Copas del Rey, a Bundesliga title and the Champions League, Xavi is keen to offload him, and a return to the Premier League seems likely, with a return to Merseyside as a potential destination. .