Why Tottenham should look for Eriksen swap deal with Barcelona for Coutinho

Barcelona's new Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho smiles as he holds a press conference in Barcelona on January 8, 2018.

Tottenham should look to sign player sold by Liverpool last January.

Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between Espanyol v FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Cornella Spain

Last January Spanish giants Barcelona raided the Premier League to sign Coutinho from Liverpool. They spent £142 million to sign the Brazilian, who has found it tough to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp.

Prior to signing Coutinho, Barcelona were reported via Mundo Deportivo to want to sign Tottenham's Christian Eriksen but later found out he was not for sale.

 

Now Eriksen's contract is running down and The Times reports Tottenham will cash in this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer next season.

Eriksen has previously admitted admiration for Barcelona via Marca and the La Liga side were reported by Goal late last year to still be interested.

Selling to a club abroad is preferable for Spurs, with letting him leave to a rival Premier League side a potential disaster, and not necessarily wanted by the player either.

Swap deal

The best solution for Tottenham if Eriksen refuses to sign a new deal is to look to get a player in return.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2019 in London, England.

If Barcelona want Eriksen, they will have an immediate dilemma. How do they fit him in the team with Coutinho and keep both happy, considering the high number of options already at the club, including incoming midfielder Frenkie De Jong?

Tottenham should push to sign Coutinho as part of a swap deal, and reunite him with his former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool fans would not be happy, but Coutinho might not be averse to joining Spurs.

He told The Mail in 2015: "Mauricio Pochettino, who was the manager there at the time, gave me a lot of confidence. He always encouraged me to play and show my skills. And he told me to enjoy it."

Tottenham would be signing a top level player who would take no adjusting to the Premier League, with Champions League experience and a high profile.

Would he be better than Eriksen? That's debatable, but it would be hard to argue Spurs would be a weaker team by swapping Coutinho for the Dane, and solving the dilemma of his expiring contract.

Marcel Schmelzer (L) and Julian Weigl (R) of Dortmund in action against Christian Eriksen (2nd L) of Tottenham Hotspur FC during the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match between...

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