A report in Portugal from Sport has claimed that Philippe Coutinho had agreed on a move to Tottenham last summer before seeing it fall through at the eleventh hour.
The Brazilian eventually joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan and now Tottenham might be wondering what might have been had they signed the former Liverpool star.
Bayern do hold an option to sign Coutinho in the summer for £101 million but it’s believed that they won’t exercise that option.
If he returns to Barcelona they will allow him to leave for a fee in the region of £83 million, which might alert some clubs towards his availability.
One stumbling block for Tottenham might have been his salary. The Express has previously reported that Coutinho earns an eyewatering £240,000-a-week at the Nou Camp.
Mauricio Pochettino tried desperately in the summer to sign some stellar attacking quality and it’s no surprise he pursued Coutinho.
The attacking midfielder can play out wide or as a No.10 and was brilliant during his time at Liverpool.
In 201 appearances for the Reds, he netted 54 goals and registered 45 assists before his £142 million move to Barcelona (BBC).
Missing out on Coutinho might disgruntle Tottenham supporters given how their season has taken a nosedive.
The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and registered eight assists during 2019/20; whilst Spurs have suffered a horrendous time with injuries.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been out for some weeks, leaving Jose Mourinho without a recognised striker.
Of course, Coutinho can’t play up front but he’d have certainly provided an injection of quality in the final third.
Tottenham will go in search of more quality in the summer.
Following this snippet of information, it’ll be interesting to see if Mourinho does enter the race to sign Coutinho.