Flight quartet in a scramble for Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho seeks Premier League return as Barcelona say he can leave on loan just 18 months after signing for £142m

Transfer news - Mauricio Pochettino calls Philippe Coutinho as Brazilian nears loan move – reports

Sky Sports News report that Tottenham are the current favourites to land Coutinho and Pochettino has personally called the attacker to convince him to make the move.

Much of last season was spent at Wembly before a move at the end of the season to the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The report claims that the Catalan club are likely to charge about £21 million to complete the loan deal.

Investigative journalist Romain Molina has provided some background on where an Arsenal & Philippe Coutinho deal might be coming from: First of all, he is unsurprised by the fact that the Brazilian attacking midfielder's name is being banded around in the media, as his agent is Kia Joorabchian, who has a record of doing so.

However, it may not be such good news for Erik Lamela, who despite enjoying a productive pre-season must now find himself below Lucas, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Giovani Lo Celso and Heung-Min Son in the battle for the three midfield places behind Harry Kane in a fully fit Spurs squad. On the other hand, United have reportedly contacted Spurs about signing him as Pogba's replacement.

Barcelona have offered Coutinho to Spurs, and the suggestion hasn't been turned down.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are rumoured to be interested, though with the English transfer window shutting on Thursday any deal would have to move swiftly.

Spanish global Pique told AFP: "I want him (Coutinho) to stay, but at the end of the day it's what he wants and I want him to be happy". We will see if on Saturday he can play some minutes.

Although the Brazilian does already have a relationship with Mauricio Pochettino from their time together at Espanyol, Llorens adds that a move back to the Premier League - Coutinho's preferred destination - will prove complicated due to his past with Liverpool.

Paulo Dybala's picture rights are a stumbling block In the meantime, Tottenham are working to seek out an settlement on Paulo Dybala's private phrases, in keeping with Sky in Italy.Spurs agreed a £64.4m price with Juventus for the Argentine ahead on Tuesday however they've but to achieve an settlement for Dybala's picture rights from firm Picture Star.

We count on him, of course'.

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