Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly willing to offer €20 million to prise Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this month.

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Philippe Coutinho is becoming a key target for Tottenham Hotspur in the ongoing transfer window. The Premier League heavyweights are ready to submit a bid worth €20 million to sign the Barcelona playmaker this month.

Philippe Coutinho’s struggles at Barcelona have shown no signs of letting up despite being given ample chances to prove his credentials. Ronald Koeman gave him a second chance after his return to Camp Nou following a loan spell with Bayern Munich in 2020. However, the 29-year-old has left a lot to be desired when fit and available.

The Brazilian playmaker has amassed a paltry tally of two goals in 16 appearances across all competitions in the ongoing campaign. And the frustrations have boiled over for Barcelona, who are keen on cutting their losses on their record purchase. However, Coutinho has no shortage of suitors vying for his signature, with Tottenham among the clubs keen on signing him.

The interest from Tottenham comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Coutinho is not a seamless fit in the system put in place by Antonio Conte. However, with Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele facing uncertain futures at the club, the Barcelona playmaker could replace the midfielders in Spurs’ first team.

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Ndombele could reunite with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma in the ongoing transfer window, while Alli has admirers in the Premier League. To that end, Coutinho could be an option to come into the Tottenham squad and take up the spots vacated by Ndombele and Alli if they depart the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The north Londoners now seem to be stepping up their efforts to sign Coutinho this month, with an offer worth €20 million being readied. While Barcelona would like to recoup around €40 million from the Brazilian international’s sale, they might have to make peace with accepting Tottenham’s impending bid.

In turn, Barcelona will be able to register the signing of Ferran Torres, which might not be the case unless the Catalan giants manage to offload a player. What now remains to be seen is if Tottenham can secure the services of Coutinho in a €20 million deal before the January transfer window slams shut.

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