In a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, Alasdair Gold commented on a number of players who have been linked with Spurs over the summer transfer window, including Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in what was a £130.5 million deal back in January 2018, Coutinho has gone on to make 76 appearances for the Catalan club, scoring 21 goals and providing 11 assists.
However, last season it became apparent that he was not part of the club’s first-team plans for the 2019/20 season, and was eventually loaned out to Bayern Munich, where he played 35 matches, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists.
This summer, once again, Barcelona appear keen to move the 28-year-old on, and Coutinho has been linked with a number of Premier League sides, including Spurs.
However, speaking on a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Gold shared that he believes that Spurs will not land the Brazilian this summer, even on a loan deal, because of the way that Tottenham operate as a club.
He said: “Coutinho – some of the details I’ve heard about the loan deal, I think it was Kia Joorabchian, his agent, was saying something about all in, the loan deal for Coutinho would work out at about £30 million for one season.
“It’s mad. It’s just not a Spurs thing to do. He’s 28. It’s just not the way Spurs operate and I know that upsets people when I say ‘the way Spurs operate’, but it’s been going on for 20 years. I’m not going to change it, I can’t. So, unfortunately, I think we just have to work with it until such time as Spurs are big enough and able to compete with the big boys in that sense.”
As such, it would appear that Gold is suggesting Spurs will be priced out of a deal for the £50.40 million-rated Coutinho this summer, even on loan, because the deal would prove too expensive for the club.