Brazil expert teases Coutinho’s ‘logical’ move to Tottenham

Date published: Tuesday 18th June 2019 9:06

Philippe Coutinho could renew his brief “relationship” with Mauricio Pochettino this summer, according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.

Coutinho’s future at Barcelona is uncertain less than 18 months after he joined from Liverpool for a potential £142m.

The Brazilian has apparently informed the club of his desire to leave, with Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG all linked.

It is thought that Coutinho would reject the chance to join United even if they made an offer, due to his Liverpool past.

Sky Sports repeat that line (and pretend it is an exclusive from one of their sources), but they also include some interesting quotes from Vickery.

He is “not sure how it can work” for the 27-year-old at the Nou Camp, and suggests that “the most logical place for him to come…would be the Premier League”.

The idea of working again with Pochettino, who he spent four months with in 2012 on loan at Espanyol, is mooted.

“It hasn’t worked and I’m not sure how it can work,” he told Sky Sports News. “I’m also convinced that he couldn’t say no. How can you say no when Barcelona come knocking? As a Brazilian, you could never say no, but there are clearly two problems.

“One is that they signed him as an [Andres] Iniesta replacement, and he’s not. Nobody’s an Iniesta replacement, but certainly not Coutinho. He’s not a genuine midfielder; he does his best work in the final 30 metres of the field. He was signed for a role that he’s not fit for.

“Also with [Luis] Suarez losing a little bit of pace, that’s why [Ousmane] Dembele is ahead in the pecking order. You can’t see him fitting into the midfield three and you can’t see him fitting into the front three – and his relationship with the supporters seems to have broken down.

“The problem is Barcelona spent so much money on him; how much of a loss are they prepared to take to offload him?

“The most logical place for him to come, surely, would be the Premier League. He did very well at Liverpool, and remember that relationship he had with [Mauricio] Pochettino at Espanyol. Is there a little light flashing there?”

 

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