Barcelona have told Philippe Coutinho’s suitors, including Tottenham, they must pay £8 million to take the midfielder on loan next season, according to Football Insider.
Coutinho was heavily linked with Spurs last summer, with Sky Sports claiming the Londoners were the favourites to sign him on loan from Barcelona before he eventually joined Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian has scored nine goals in 32 appearances across all competitions for Bayern this season but is set to return to Barcelona when his loan ends at the end of the campaign.
Football Insider is now reporting that Barcelona are willing to allow Coutinho to leave on loan again next term, asking interested clubs to pay an £8 million fee to have him. Interested parties apparently must also pay his £200,000-a-week wages in full.
The report suggests that means Tottenham will have to pay Coutinho more than current top earner Harry Kane, which seems unrealistic given the England captain’s status at the club.
It seems Spurs will have to think carefully about whether Coutinho is worth the money. With the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we don’t think this proposed deal has legs.