Vickery suggests £142m star could join Tottenham for Pochettino’s sake

Pundit Tim Vickery has spotted out why Tottenham could be a possible destination for Barcelona star Phillipe Coutinho if he does choose to leave Spain this summer.

The Brazialian star left the Premier League last year after establishing himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, during his time at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Tottenham may find it necessary to shop for a new playmaker with star midfielder Christian Eriksen yet to provide any assurances over whether he will end up staying at the club this summer.

Phillipe Coutinho, a player whom Barca signed for £142m just over a year ago, has failed to live up to the hype at the Camp Nou, and therefore, his place at the La Liga club has been put into serious doubt ahead of next season.

With that considered, journalist Tim Vickery has suggested that Coutinho’s relationship with Mauricio Pochettino in the early days of his career means he might fancy working again with the highly-rated Tottenham boss.

“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?”