Tottenham continue to be linked with Philippe Coutinho, with reports in Spain claiming the club’s interest in the midfielder is ‘real’.
Last month, we relayed a Football Insider story that claimed Tottenham – and Coutinho’s other suitors – have been told they must pay an £8 million fee to take the Brazilian on loan next season, as well as paying his £200,000-a-week wages in full.
Barcelona are said to be keen to recoup €90 million (around £80.75m) of the huge fee they paid Liverpool for Coutinho in January 2018. However, it is believed they will lower their valuation to €50 million (around £44.8m) if suitors are also willing to offer players in exchange.
Perhaps surprisingly, the report suggests Tottenham could offer Tanguy Ndombele and Toby Alderweireld to Barcelona in order to secure Coutinho’s services.
We can’t see Spurs giving up a centre-back of Alderweireld’s quality during a summer of uncertainty when it comes to transfers – it would be very difficult to replace the Belgian on the cheap.
The very talented Ndombele should also arguably retained and given a chance to redeem himself after a difficult debut season in England.