Philippe Coutinho close to Tottenham switch

Barcelona snapped up the Brazil global from Liverpool in the January 2018 transfer window, but he has struggled to make his mark in La Liga.

So if United manage to seal his signature, it is thought that Spurs will swoop for Coutinho on loan, with an option to buy.

Yahoo Sport France say the Premier League club have made an offer for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele. We will see if on Saturday he can play some minutes.

But with Spurs out of the running, Manchester United are not exploring any deal despite being turned down by Paulo Dybala while Arsenal are focused on defensive targets as they look to sign Kieran Tierney and David Luiz today and never had any firm interest in Coutinho despite reports.

The idea appears to be that if the Premier League club fail in their attempts to acquire Christian Eriksen from Tottenham, then Ed Woodward and co. would pursue the idea of signing the former Liverpool player from Barcelona.

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Coutinho moved to FC Barcelona in a £142m deal from Liverpool FC in the 2018 January transfer window following months of speculation linking the 27-year-old with a move to the Spanish giants.

With just over 48 hours to go until the transfer window shuts for Premier League clubs, Arsenal have been linked with moves for two center backs.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla reports Juve centre-back Daniele Rugani has agreed terms with the Gunners, who may initially take him on a two-year loan before paying £36.9m (€40m).

Sky Sports News report that Tottenham are the current favourites to land Coutinho and Pochettino has personally called the attacker to convince him to make the move.

But some rumours claim, the deal has collapsed because the Lilywhites were unable to meet the wage demands of the Brazilian.

  • Lawrence Cooper