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Barcelona have told Coutinho he can leave the club this transfer window after falling down the pecking order.

Frenkie de Jong’s arrival at the Nou Camp seems to have spelled the end of the Brazilian’s time in Catalonia.

However, it is unlikely many clubs can offer a substantial fee to sign Coutinho on a permanent deal.

A number of Premier League sides were offered the opportunity to take Coutinho back to the England.

And Spurs boss Pochettino contacted the midfielder today to try and convince him to join his side.

According to Sky Sports, Pochettino and Coutinho discussed a possible loan move.

The Tottenham boss previously managed Coutinho when they were at Espanyol and have a positive relationship.

Spurs could lose star midfielder Christian Eriksen, with Manchester United interested, and see Coutinho as the ideal replacement.

Earlier in the day French publication L’Equipe claimed Arsenal had agreed a deal to take the 27-year-old to north London.

But Pochettino is trying to steal a march on his rivals by contacting Coutinho directly.

The English transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday so there is a race to get the deal done.

Spurs have already completed the signing of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke this summer.

But they are still searching for players that can take them to the next level and make them genuine title contenders.

However, with just 48 hours of the window remaining chairman Daniel Levy must act fast.



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