Tottenham leading race to sign Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona loan deal 'feasible'
Aug. 07, 2019
PHILIPPE COUTINHO is likely to join Tottenham over any other Premier League club this week, according to reports.
Philippe Coutinho could realistically join Tottenham this week (Pic: Getty)
Tuesday saw the Brazilian linked with four of the top six sides in the Premier League as speculation rumbles on over his future at Barcelona.
L'Equipe got the ball rolling by suggesting Coutinho to Arsenal was all-but completed during the afternoon.
Gunners sources soon shot down the claims, telling Starsport the French reports were 'nonsense'.
Liverpool and Manchester United were also tentatively linked once again.
But Tottenham have now emerged as the favourites for Coutinho's signature.
Spanish outlet Cadena Ser report that a move to Spurs is the most 'feasible' option for the struggling Nou Camp star.
Barcelona are unwilling to sell the former Anfield favourite.
But a two-year loan deal has been touted as a viable alternative for any potential suitors.
Could Coutinho be on his way back to England? (Pic: Getty)
Coutinho has struggled at Barcelona since his Liverpool exit (Pic: Getty)
Coutinho could also be used as a makeweight in a move for PSG wantaway Neymar.
Tottenham will no doubt have to pay an extortionate loan fee for the Barca star's services should they pounce this week.
And the 27-year-old's wages will also cause a huge dent in Daniel Levy's budget - which is why Arsenal are said to be not be in the race for Coutinho's signature.
But Spurs may be able to free up some funds by selling Christian Eriksen.
Manchester United want the Dane to join Old Trafford in the coming hours as he continues to push for a move away from north London.
Christian Eriksen's departure could see Philippe Coutinho arrive (Pic: Getty)
Eriksen is valued at £50m and Tottenham are open to flogging him this week to avoid losing him on a free next summer.
Failing to land Coutinho may not be the end of the world for Mauricio Pochettino's side this week as Spurs are also chasing Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala.
The former continues to be linked with a move away from Sporting Lisbon.
While Tottenham are said to have agreed terms with Juventus over a switch for Dybala.
However, the Argentinian has already snubbed United this summer and may not want to leave Turin.
Tottenham will also try and wrap up a deal for Giovani Lo Celso this week.
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