Tottenham are among a number of English clubs said to be keen on landing Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian set to move away from Spain this summer.
The Brazilian has struggled to have the impact he’d have liked at the Nou Camp. Ever since making a move from Liverpool worth over £140m, Coutinho has not managed to hit the heights of his Anfield days.
And after spending the last 18 months with Bayern Munich, it’s looking increasingly likely the 28-year-old will end up back in the Premier League.
Spurs, Everton, Arsenal, and Newcastle have all been credited with an interest in him at some point in the last few weeks.
However, Spurs could – if they are serious about landing him – hold the upper-hand in the form of Dele Alli. According to Sport, Barca are looking at potential swap deals for Coutinho. It’s not inconceivable, then, for Jose Mourinho to potentially offer Alli in exchange.
A Lionel Messi endorsed signing
It might seem a bit of a big call in letting Alli go for Coutinho, but this is a player who Lionel Messi once wanted his club to sign. Back in 2017, Barca were rumoured to be interested in the England star. Messi, at the time, fully endorsed the signing, according to the Daily Mail.
There is little doubting that Alli has lost some of that explosive nature we saw during that 16/17 campaign. The midfielder netted 18 times during the season. He’s not hit double figures in the PL since. (He is, in fairness, on course this season, with eight goals)
But Jose Mourinho has never been frightened of making big calls on big players. If the Spurs boss is serious about landing Coutinho, then there’s every chance he might be willing to sacrifice Alli.
The question that comes with that, is if Barcelona would still welcome Alli. Lionel Messi is still there. It’s hard, then, to imagine his opinion has changed that much.