Brazillian midfielder maestro Philippe Coutinho has rejected a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur, making a return to the Premier League unlikely before Thursday’s transfer window deadline.
The 27year old and Barcelona fc would prefer a permanent deal but it is unlikely any Premier League team will match the £80m price tag.
It was reported that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino phoned Coutinho in an effort to convince him to return to England.
It is understood that few teams can match Barcelona’s valuation of the Brazil international, who they signed for £142m from Liverpool in January 2018.
Coutinho has made 76 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 21 goals, but has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.
The Brazilian wants to make the right move as Speculation on his career at Barcelona continues.
Philippe Coutinho is the fourth-most expensive Association Football transfer (€120 M, from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018).
By Olukayode oniwinde
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