A report in the Daily Mail has suggested that Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur are leading the chase to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international looks set to leave the Nou Camp during the summer and Jose Mourinho looks to be in pole position for his signature.
Last season Coutinho went on loan to Bayern Munich but failed to really settle. He scored nine times and registered eight assists but only managed 15 starts in the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old is in need of a fresh start and heading back to the Premier League looks appealing to the man who excelled during his time at Liverpool.
Tottenham can offer the playmaker Europa League football and under Mourinho, there will be a clear ambition to kick on and return to the top four.
In 201 appearances for Liverpool, he scored 54 goals and claimed 45 assists before moving to Barcelona for £142 million in January 2018.
It’s been a real struggle for Coutinho in the Catalan city. His 21 goals and 11 assists have not really seen him build up any real rapport with the club’s supporters.
Mourinho will be desperate to bolster his attacking options this summer, after seeing how threadbare his squad was at times during 2019/20.
One big stumbling block might be Coutinho’s salary as he currently collects £240,000-a-week from Barcelona.
Interestingly though, the versatile forward is set to take a pay cut on the aforementioned wages in order to stay at Bayern to help them with their assault on the Champions League which resumes next week.
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Some of the more cynical Spurs supporters might look towards the fact that Coutinho hasn’t really done a deal for a couple of years.
At Bayern when he has been called upon though, he’s looked decent, he’s just failed to impress significantly to earn a regular start.
Coutinho can play wide right, or on the left and is also comfortable as a No.10.
If the numbers can be agreed, the man with 61 caps for Brazil could offer Spurs some badly needed strength in depth in a number of more advanced roles.
Mourinho would hand him plenty of chances to impress and under the Portuguese boss he could see his confidence reborn.