Tottenham and Arsenal ‘open to signing Philippe Coutinho on loan in January’
Tottenham and Arsenal ‘open to signing Philippe Coutinho in January’ as Barcelona continue pushing to expel £145m flop from wage bill
- Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho could go to Tottenham or Arsenal in January
- The Premier League’s arch-rivals are reportedly interested in the Brazilian midfielder
- Liverpool would have dropped their interest in their former playmaker
- Heavily indebted Barcelona could pay half of Coutinho’s £200,000 a week wages
Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in saving Philippe Coutinho from his Barcelona woes by bringing him back to the Premier League, a report said.
Financially out of order Barca are desperate to take big earner Coutinho off their books, with the League giants repeatedly rumored to be willing to pay half of his £200,000 a week wages as part of a deal with potential suitors.
The playmaker played just 82 minutes into the Liga season after returning from injury, and North London’s arch-rivals remain open to a potential transfer in the January transfer window, El Nacional said.
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (L) has been linked with a transfer for Philippe Coutinho
Former PFA Team of the Year nominee Coutinho starred for Liverpool between 2013 and 2018
Coutinho would be a significant creative asset to both clubs at his sharpest, although his lack of playing time since moving to the Nou Camp in 2018 for £145 million – still a Premier League record – is an obvious concern.
The outlet alleges that Liverpool dropped any interest they had in an exchange for the kidnapper of their Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards in successive seasons between 2014 and 2016.
Agent Kia Joorabchian suggested last month that Coutinho would find it nearly impossible to move to one of the Reds’ ‘direct competitors’ because of the affection he still harbors for the club he was once blinded to.
Jurgen Klopp would not consider a transfer for the player, who is still dear to the club
The 29-year-old won the Champions League on a loan spell with Bayern Munich from Barca, tormenting his parent club by scoring twice in five minutes against them in a humiliating 8-2 semi-final that thrashed in 2020.
That was his most notable cameo as he helped the Bundesliga champions win the trophy and emerged from the bench when Bayern defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the final.
Barca have also been linked with a swap deal between Coutinho and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he lost Lionel Messi to debt estimated to total around £1.15bn.
Coutinho has featured in Barca’s beleaguered last two games and was in a 1-1 draw at home to Granada for an hour on Monday.
The former Inter Milan star also played 22 minutes in the scoreless draw at Cadiz on Thursday, as his side extended their poor streak to a lone win in five games.