Tottenham could sign this Barcelona outcast for bargain price

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona (Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona (Photo by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Philippe Coutinho could be available on a loan deal to Tottenham for just eight million euros this summer but would have to also pay his current weekly wages

After a dismal campaign with Bayern Munich, The German giants decided to not extend his loan spell at the club, with Barcelona now trying to figure out the next move for the Brazilian playmaker. It’s unlikely that he’ll fit in at the Camp Nou next season, with another loan spell elsewhere definitely in the cards.

After making the 142 million switch from Liverpool in 2018, Coutinho struggled in his lone season with Barca which led to the Catalan club sending him off to Germany this term.

In 76 appearances with the Spanish giants, the 27-year old scored 21 goals and tallied 11 assists, failing to live up to the expectations that followed him after a brilliant stint with Liverpool. For Bayern this season, he netted nine goals in 32 appearances.

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Regardless of his struggles over the last two years, Coutinho is still a wonderful talent and would be a valuable asset to any side’s midfield. He’s been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League over the last couple of months, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester United all said to be interested.

According to the Football Insider, Barca has told Tottenham they are welcome to sign Coutinho on an eight million loan spell, however, Jose Mourinho’s squad would have to take over his current wages, which would exceed 200,000 a week, more expensive than Harry Kane’s current deal.

All interested parties will have to pay Coutinho’s weekly wages, which aren’t cheap by any means. With the Coronavirus pandemic expected to severely affect the transfer market, it could make it difficult for any English club to actually sign the Brazilian this summer.

Barca is seeking to offload certain players from their squad and also wants to cash in and free up funds so they can buy new talent.

For Tottenham, it could be a difficult task to meet Barca’s requirements for the former Liverpool star, given the debt they owe for their brand new stadium. But if they were somehow able to sign Coutinho, he would bring a ton of quality on the attack and give Mourinho a versatile player who can bag goals and creatively set them up as well.

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If Coutinho ended up staying put in Spain, it could be detrimental to his development if he doesn’t see much time on the pitch next season. But with his current wages and Barca’s strong hand on what they are demanding for the player, it looks unlikely that any Premier League club is willing to pay him 250,000 euros a week just for a loan spell.