John Barnes has advised Philippe Coutinho against a move to Tottenham – but has suggested two sides who would suit his style.
The former Liverpool star has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Premier League recently. His move to Barcelona in 2018 did not work out, and he spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga champions are unwilling to keep him on a permanent deal. Therefore, if Barcelona want rid of him, they will have to find another suitor.
But there are other clubs keen too. As such, Chelsea have been touted should their deal for Kai Havertz hit the buffers.
Wherever he ends up, it seems a move to former club Liverpool looks a no-go.
Speaking to BonusCodeBets, Barnes has had his say on Coutinho’s future.
“I know in England it never happens where a player can play against his parent club once they are out on loan. But in Europe it happens all the time (Coutinho playing against Barcelona for Bayern),” Barnes said.
“Normally you don’t play against them in the league, but it can happen in the Champions League. It is one of those things that when Philippe Coutinho originally joined Bayern Munich. They didn’t anticipate that they would come up against each other. They must have left it out of the contract.
“It is an exciting watch with what is going to happen with Philippe Coutinho this summer. There are many teams that will want to sign him.
“I don’t think Tottenham would be interested. I don’t know if the way that Jose Mourinho likes to play will suit him. He [Coutinho] likes the ball and having a lot of possession, whereas Mourinho doesn’t necessarily play that way.”
Assessing where Coutinho would be best to move to, Barnes suggested two other London clubs.
“Arsenal could be the best club with the style of football they play. Chelsea could be another good match, because of the way Frank Lampard sets up his team, so with that in mind, Arsenal or Chelsea would be the best solution for him.
“I don’t think he will go to Manchester City to be honest. Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of him but there are often times that he has been in a successful team already, and he hasn’t been able to show off as much as he would like.”