According to a report from journalist Miguel Delaney in the Independent, Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy could have the chance to snap up Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho – with the La Liga giants apparently being ‘prepared’ to offer him in a swap deal for club record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Indeed, as per this report, given the rumoured friction between Ndombele and manager Jose Mourinho, the Catalans could be ‘willing‘ to take the Frenchman off our hands but only in a player-swap deal – with Barca open to offering two players in particular.
Nelson Semedo and Philippe Coutinho are the duo Quique Setien’s side would like to part company with in order to land Ndombele, giving Spurs a real opportunity to sign the £200,000-per-week ace who has recently been linked with a move to north London.
Should Spurs sign Coutinho?
Yes, get the deal done
No, keep Ndombele
As per Football Insider, the original stance was that Tottenham could sign Coutinho on loan for an initial £8 million fee plus his lofty wage costs – but now Barca may be open to agreeing on new terms in order to land Ndombele.
Due to Ndombele wanting to leave Spurs according to the Independent, the Spanish giants are allegedly tempted to make an offer whilst operating with a ‘very tight‘ budget – apparently favouring a swap deal.
Whether or not Levy goes for this proposal remains to be seen, but it may well be our best opportunity to land the ‘genius‘ playmaker.