One of Barcelona's biggest concerns this summer is moving Philippe Coutinho on. His elevated salary and the fee the club want for him are making it difficult to find a suitor. The Brazilian didn't pass his exam at Camp Nou and has also come up short in Germany, where he's on loan at Bayern Munich, so a return to England, where he was a success, seems the most likely option.
His agent Kia Joorabchian has contacted several clubs to try and find a solution and the team who seems most likely to take on a deal is Tottenham. According to Foot Insider, Coutinho could join the London club on loan. According to the reports, Barça want a 10 million euro fee and the playmaker's wages covered. So far, Spurs have shown willing to pay his 222,000 euros per week, which is around 12 million per season.
Joorabchian has made it clear in comments to The Mirror that there is no problem with Spurs, despite a move following through last summer.
"Philippe Coutinho has no personal problem with (president) Daniel Levy and what's been said is completely false. An agreement didn't fall through for financial reasons," the agent said.
Barça hope to sell Coutinho for around 80 million euros, but no English club will offer that much. Even before the coronavirus pandemic -- and the financial consequences it's having on football -- it was proving a tough task. Chelsea, Newcastle, Manchester United and Leicester City have all listened to Joorabchian but have not reached an agreement.