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Tottenham Hotspur 'favourites' to sign Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho

Tottenham Hotspur 'favourites' to sign Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho

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On the pitch, it's fair to say that Liverpool have moved on from the Brazilian.

And Barcelona have signed Antoine Griezmann this summer for around £108m, further hampering Coutinho's chances of game time in Spain with Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez expected to make up their starting forward three.

Coutinho played under Pochettino at Espanyol during a six-month loan in 2012 where he scored five goals in 16 appearances.

The Brazilian worldwide has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp after an unimpressive 18 months, with the former Liverpool midfielder having been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League.

The Brazil worldwide is reportedly a target for Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal, with the transfer window in England shutting on Thursday.

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Reports circulated yesterday that Arsenal had agreed a 12-month loan deal for Coutinho.

And that therefore means Coutinho is unlikely to leave the Spanish giants, at least to move back to the United Kingdom.

Valverde, speaking after Barca beat Napoli in a pre-season friendly in Miami in the early hours of this morning, said: "Of course I am counting on him".

"Until the last day of the transfer market we will not know if he stays or not". He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds also retain an interest in their former player although the German believes he may struggle to accommodate the 27-year-old, who moved to Barca for £142m.