Philippe Coutinho will reject the chance to move to Tottenham in future due to his anger over a collapsed move there last summer, according to reports.
The former Liverpool attacking midfielder has not seen his career thrive since leaving Anfield, with Barcelona loaning him out to Bayern Munich this season after he failed to make an impact at Camp Nou.
A return to the Premier League has been frequently suggested for the playmaker, with pundits suggesting Tottenham could be the ideal fit for him – but reports in Catalonia say that won’t be happening.
According to Sport (via Sport Witness), Coutinho had agreed to join Tottenham last summer, but grew angry when Daniel Levy tried to reduce the fees of the deal late in negotiations.
The Brazilian did not take to this kindly, with the newspaper describing his response as being ‘outraged’ – meaning he would prefer not to join Spurs if the chance re-appeared.
Ultimately, Tottenham signed Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis instead, before making the deal permanent midway through the season.
As for Coutinho’s actual next move, it is said that his agents have told Barcelona to let him leave on loan again, after it became clear that Bayern Munich would not be interested in a permanent transfer – despite his nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances this season.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all believed to be in the hunt for the 27-year-old as he eyes his next step, with a return to the Premier League potentially the best option for him to rebuild his career.
Sport claim that Coutinho would prefer to join either of Spurs’ London rivals, Chelsea or Arsenal, rather than United – while Manchester City are not interested.
Former Brazil and Barcelona striker Rivaldo, however, has advised Coutinho not to return to the Premier League.