Report: Spurs eye Philippe Coutinho if Kane leaves
Spurs could target Philippe Coutinho should they sell Harry Kane this summer, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Brazilian’s agent is aware of Tottenham’s interest in the 29-year-old.
Spurs fans are waiting with bated breath to see what the future holds for Kane. The forward has not yet returned to training amid doubts over his future.
He reportedly wishes to join Manchester City this summer. But Spurs will clearly be only too happy to keep him should the Premier League champions not meet their asking price.
Interestingly, reports from Spain would suggest that Fabio Paratici is already considering how he may use the £150 million fee should Kane move on.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Spurs want Coutinho. It is claimed that both his agent, Kia Joorabchian and Barcelona are aware of Tottenham’s interest.
The report notes that Barca do not want to lose the attacking midfielder on the cheap. But they would be open to a substantial offer.
Wages are also likely to be put a huge stumbling block in the way of any exit. As reported by AS earlier this year, Coutinho earns around £328,000-a-week at the Nou Camp.
Clearly, he would have to be willing to take a huge pay-cut to join Spurs.
Coutinho move unlikely to appease Spurs fans if Kane leaves
It is a move that Tottenham fans may struggle to get too excited about. Coutinho was outstanding during his time at Liverpool. And he shone at times during a loan at Bayern Munich.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have got even better since his departure. And his performances for Barcelona have been underwhelming.
He is also making his way back from a knee injury. He has been out since late December, missing the Copa America with Brazil.
At the age of 29, there must also be doubts over what level he could now reach.
Spurs have to pull something special out of the bag if they sell Kane. A bargain deal for Coutinho, admittedly, may not be a terrible piece of business by any means.
However, with Barca not looking to offload Coutinho at all costs, it is hard to see Spurs doing anything other than taking a massive gamble by attempting to bring him back to the Premier League.
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