Philippe Coutinho rejects Tottenham loan move from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho

Spurs, in turn, are trying to sell Christian Eriksen as he's into his a year ago of contract and, as things stand, he appears closer to joining Manchester United than any other club.

Factoring in Coutinho's £240,000-a-week wage, the overall deal would have set Spurs back nearly £40m.

According to reports in Sky Sports, Coutinho has rejected a loan move to Spurs, a day after ruling out a potential move to Arsenal.

Football fans were rocked with some odd news on early Tuesday, as reports surfaced suggesting that Barcelona's Brazilian star Coutinho, now the 5th most expensive player of all-time, was on the verge of joining Arsenal on loan.

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Pique said in a press conference: 'I want him (Coutinho) to stay, but at the end of the day it's what he wants and I want him to be happy.

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Jurgen Klopp has steered the Merseyside giants to back-to-back Champions League finals and run Manchester City all the way in the Premier League since Coutinho's sale.

Arsenal broke their transfer record after the Gunners signed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe in a £72m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille last week.

Spurs agreed a £64.4m fee with Juventus for the Argentine forward on Tuesday but they have yet to reach an agreement for Dybala's image rights from company Image Star.

Barcelona play Napoli twice on their current tour of the United States before opening the new La Liga season starts against Athletic Bilbao on August 16.

Speaking in Miami, he added: 'Of course I talk to him, but he has to be the one to speak out. We hope something will happen.

"I think it's going to be a very hard deal, but most of the big ones are always very, very hard". "He's a splendid player, but we haven't talked about Coutinho at any time".

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