Report: Spurs bid to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan for £21m

Miguel Trauco of Peru competes for the ball with Philippe Coutinho of Brazil during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made an ambitious bid for Philippe Coutinho.

Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona in action during the Spanish Copa del Rey Final match between Barcelona and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 25, 2019 in Seville, Spain.

According to The Times, Tottenham Hotspur have launched a stunning loan bid for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho – which would cost a huge £21million.

Spurs are in the market for another playmaker given that Christian Eriksen's future seems to lie elsewhere, and a host of names have been linked.

Bruno Fernandes and Giovani Lo Celso are the prime targets, but there is suddenly a major interest in signing Barcelona star Coutinho before Thursday's transfer deadline.

 

It's claimed that Spurs have now launched a loan bid for Coutinho, and Barcelona are demanding a staggering £21million fee to loan him out.

The Brazilian ace has a prior relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino having worked together at Espanyol in 2012, and The Telegraph even noted that Pochettino attempted to bring him to Southampton before having the move hijacked by Liverpool.

That may well appeal to Coutinho, who simply hasn't lived up to expectations since joining the club for £142million (Guardian) from Liverpool in January 2018.

Miguel Trauco of Peru competes for the ball with Philippe Coutinho of Brazil during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in...

The 27-year-old notched just five goals and two assists in La Liga last season, and with Antoine Griezmann signed, Barcelona may look to move him out – even on loan – this summer.

Coutinho would be a remarkable signing for Spurs before the deadline, bringing a real spark of flair to Pochettino's side, but whether Daniel Levy would pay £21million for a loan fee - and £200,000-a-week in wages - remains to be seen.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the Audi cup 2019 semi final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 29, 2019 in Munich,...

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