The local media of any country has the first dibs on any players of their country moving during the transfer window. There are even journalists who are considered the holy grail for news on stars from a particular country.
We are talking about South American journalists in particular today as one has claimed that former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be joining up with Spurs next season. A tall claim without any doubt. The expert talking about Coutinho and Spurs is Tim Vickery.
Vickery is BBC’s voice from Brazil. So if he talks about a transfer it is worth talking about, even if it’s just a rumour still.
Barcelona purchased Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a hefty fee of £142 million including add-ons(which Liverpool may never get now). Since then, Coutinho showed glimpses of his ability in Catalonia for half a season before fizzling away spectacularly this season.
“There are two problems there, one is they signed him as an Andres Iniesta replacement, and he’s not. He’s not a genuine midfielder, he does his best work in the final 30 metres of the field.
– Tim Vickery via SkySports
After Barcelona’s catastrophic exit at the hands of Coutinho’s former team, Coutinho is desperately being pushed out of the door. Apparently, Barcelona no longer believe Coutinho can make the same impact that they expected.
Pochettino has only coached Coutinho for six months at Espanyol
Vickery links Coutinho with a move to Tottenham because the two had a fruitful working relationship at Espanyol back in the day. The said spell was only six months long as Coutinho was on loan from Inter to Espanyol but it still gives rise to speculation.
The links can be further refuted by the uncertainty around Pochettino’s future at the New White Hart Lane. He may be leaving for greener grass after the Champions League final.