Mauricio Pochettino ‘fuming’ at Tottenham’s failure to pursue Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

Mauricio Pochettino ‘fuming’ at Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to pursue Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho during last summer’s transfer window

  • Barcelona made Philippe Coutinho available to sign on loan in summer window 
  • Mauricio Pochettino wanted Tottenham to sign him as he plots his rebuild 
  • But the Brazilian midfielder ended up joining Bayern Munich for the season 
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Mauricio Pochettino was left unhappy with Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to try and sign Philippe Coutinho in the summer, according to reports.

Barcelona paid £145million to sign Coutinho from Liverpool but were willing to let the Brazilian forward leave the Nou Camp on loan during the transfer window.

He ended up joining Bayern Munich for the season but, according to the Sun, Pochettino was keen to bring him to north London.

Mauricio Pochettino was left unhappy with Tottenham's failure to sign Philippe Coutinho

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Mauricio Pochettino was left unhappy with Tottenham’s failure to sign Philippe Coutinho

The Spurs manager wanted to bring him in as he plots his rebuild at the north London side

The Spurs manager wanted to bring him in as he plots his rebuild at the north London side

The Spurs manager wanted to bring him in as he plots his rebuild at the north London side

The Argentinian manager had previously worked with him while he was in charge of Espanyol.

He brought him in on loan from Inter Milan in 2012 and Coutinho helped him keep them in La Liga, scoring five goals in 16 appearances.

Pochettino was keen to snap him up on another temporary deal yet he ended up moving to Bayern when they came in for him.

According to the report, Pochettino feels as though the 27-year-old would have made a big difference to his Spurs rebuild.

Coutinho in training with his Brazil team-mates during the current international break
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Coutinho in training with his Brazil team-mates during the current international break

Coutinho in training with his Brazil team-mates during the current international break

Coutinho has not his usual heights for Bayern and has recently ended up on the bench for the German giants.

At Spurs this season, Harry Kane is the only player that has managed to score more than three in the Premier League.

Pochettino has not settled between the likes of Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen this campaign in the position Coutinho could have filled. 

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