LONDON – Tottenham are considering a late move for Philippe Coutinho ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, after Barcelona confirmed they will allow the Brazil international out on loan.
The former Liverpool player is keen on a return to the Premier League, and Tottenham need to make contingency plans as Manchester United discuss a potential bid for Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen has one year left on contract at Tottenham, and their club chairman Daniel Levy will listen to substantial offers.
Sources in Spain say initial talks have begun over Coutinho’s loan, as Barcelona look to allow their £142 million signing to move back to England.
They are seeking a loan fee of around £20m, and the playmaker earns £210 000 a week; Tottenham would want those figures to be subsidised.