OH BOY WE GOT A TRANSFER WINDOW NOW! A few hours later Tottenham Hotspur fans ended a collective panic over a fake report that linked Arsenal with a loan for Barcelona attacking midfielder Coutinho, there is a new set of articles circulating in the football media that say it was in fact the SPURS who made a loan offer for the former Liverpool man.
Several outlets, including ESPN, report that while the Gunners and Barcelona links were fake, Spurs have a real interest in bringing Coutinho to north London, with talkSPORT and the Times of London (£) saying that Spurs even went so far as to make a loan offer.
Wait, it’s better. Some reports suggest Barcelona are demanding a loan fee of £ 21million for the year and Spurs would cover Coutinho’s full salary of £ 200,000 + / week. The implication is that Coutinho would be a must-have replacement for Christian Eriksen, which Spurs would then try to unload before the window closes, possibly to Manchester United but more likely abroad. It might not be a coincidence that Barcelona and Daniel Levy are currently in Miami, Florida.
It’s crazy. Just … completely crazy bugs. The idea that Spurs could sell Eriksen for, say, £ 50million and then turn around and incur £ 21million in PLUS WAGES loan fees to Barcelona on a loan is simply unimaginable and does not fit the bill. way Tottenham actually works. It would make me wonder if Levy has developed an addiction to construction adhesive blowing.
The idea of a move for Coutinho is not without some background – Mauricio Pochettino apparently worked with Coutinho for a season while the two were at Espanyol, and he would be a fairly direct replacement for Eriksen if they tried to ship him. He might have struggled a bit at Barcelona but still produced some really good numbers and was REALLY good in the Premier League with Liverpool. He would undoubtedly be a good addition to Tottenham’s offense.
But spending £ 21million to borrow a 27-year-old Coutinho for a season where that money could be spent signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis is mind-blowing. It has been suggested that Spurs are resource-rich but run out of money at the moment, which is one of the reasons Lo Celso’s deal is taking so long – Betis might want a bunch of money to advance and Spurs may not have that kind of liquidity right now. Even so, that Coutinho rumor, wow.
There are going to be BIG OPINIONS in the comments for this one, and I’m ready for them. But if you were waiting for a nowhere transfer rumor some nowhere crazies set your pants on fire here in the window dying days, well you got one now, mate!
UPDATE (1:30 p.m. ET): Conflicting reports have emerged (as expected) regarding the structure of a possible loan, with Le 10 Sport suggesting that Spurs will pay loan fees but Barcelona will eat up the salary: