Tim Vickery suggests £142m ace could join Pochettino at Tottenham

Football journalist Tim Vickery has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur is one of the possible destinations for Barcelona misfit Phillipe Coutinho this summer.

Spurs are likely to be interested in the services of a quality playmaker who can pull the strings from midfield to strengthen the team ahead of next term.

With the future of Christian Eriksen continuing to look very much unclear, as the Denmark international sends out more hints that he is not interested in staying, a replacement for him might need to be brought in as soon as possible.

Former Liverpool star Phillipe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona for £142m in the winter transfer window last year, has lost the faith of the Catalan club and he appears to be on course to leave this summer.

For Tim Vickery, the fact that Coutinho actually played under Mauricio Pochettino back in the day at Espanyol, means there could be some chance of a Spurs move.

“There are two problems [with Coutinho],” Vickery told Sky Sports News.

“One is they signed him as an Iniesta replacement. And he’s not. He was signed for a role that he was not fit for.

“Also with Suarez losing a bit of pace. That front three. That’s why Dembele is ahead in the pecking order. If you can’t see him fitting into the midfield three and you can’t really see him fitting into the front three and his relationship with the supporters has broken down. How much of a loss are they [Barcelona] prepared to take to offload him?

“The most logical place for him to come surely would be the Premier League. He did very well with Liverpool. But just remember that relationship he had with Pochettino at Espanyol. Is there a little light flashing there?”