Spurs fans on Twitter have been reacting to the suggestion that the North London club have now ended their interest in former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho.
According to Marca (via Ricky Sacks), the Lilywhites have ended their interest in signing the Brazilian this summer, as his wage demands are too high and don’t fit into the strict wage structure in place at the North London club. The report suggests that although Barcelona are ‘desperate’ to sell the 27-year-old this summer, he is unlikely to complete a move to the Lilywhites, although Newcastle United remain interested, should their pending takeover go through.
Last month, it was confirmed by Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that his side would not be exercising their option to sign the playmaker, despite him impressing in his loan spell there this season. The Brazilian international has made 22 appearances in the German top flight, averaging a 7.27/10 match rating, having contributed eight goals and six assists (per WhoScored).
Are you frustrated with Levy after the report on Coutinho?
Reaction from Spurs fans to the latest report on Coutinho can be seen in the tweets below.
Another player too elite for levy
— Jarv, (@EssexJarv) May 31, 2020
Another huge mistake by Levy following Dybala
Coutinho good enough for Liverpool but not for us
— Alan Lazarus (@ABLkidlazar) May 31, 2020
Fans continued to vent their frustrations with Daniel Levy, with one fan even suggesting that Coutinho go on to join Chelsea and become a ‘world-beater’.
Well that’s a surprise. Wait till you see. He will go to Chelsea and be a world beater. Typical levi
— Bobby (@BobAnon44) May 31, 2020
We’ll never win a trophy with daniel levy running the club
— ‘ (@jcollinsthfc) May 31, 2020
It is easy to understand Spurs fans’ frustrations, considering that in Coutinho’s previous spell in the Premier League, he contributed 41 goals and 37 assists in 152 appearances for Liverpool (per Transfermarkt).
Imagine my shock that we ended our interest of signing a genuine quality player because wages were too high or the club demanded too much. Only with ENIC this happens
— mikinrin90 (@mikinrin90) June 1, 2020
I’m not surprised in the slightest, proven quality player and we won’t pay anywhere close to the wages he wants. But, I keep getting told that the stadium was a game changer and would allow us to compete for such players. Wake up, levy will never change.
— When will the pub open? #THFC (@Rog_THFC) June 1, 2020
Some fans, however, commented that they wouldn’t have wanted to see Coutinho join the club, anyway.
good, don’t need him, another overpaid luxury player, focus on defence
— Varun 1906 (@varun_1906) May 31, 2020
GOOD!! he didn’t want to come to us last season, said we weren’t a big enough draw
— steve bonham (@stephenbonham) June 1, 2020
Overall, it seems as if a lot of Spurs fans are disappointed that the club looks set to miss out on Coutinho this summer.