Coutinho agent speaks out as truth behind Tottenham transfer collapse emerges

Financial reasons did not contribute to Philippe Coutinho's proposed move to Tottenham collapsing, his agent has confirmed.

Reports in Spain this week claimed Coutinho was left frustrated with Spurs chief Daniel Levy after a deal to take him to north London fell through last summer having already been agreed.

But the Mirror have reported those claims were wide of the mark – and Mauricio Pochettino, in fact, opted against pursuing a move for the former Liverpool playmaker.

They say Levy and Spurs were willing to push ahead with the deal as Barcelona looked to offload the Brazilian, only for Pochettino to decide against it as he had the final say.

Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian told Mirror Sport: "Philippe Coutinho has no personal issue with Daniel Levy and claims otherwise are totally false. The deal did not collapse due to financial reasons."

Pochettino was reportedly keen to keep the dressing room in line with their previous philosophy of working with young players and developing stars who are not already big names.

Coutinho eventually went to Bayern Munich on a season long loan with an option to buy.

But he has been hit and miss in the Bundesliga, scoring eight goals and registering six assists in 22 appearances.

It has led to the club being unlikely to activate his option to buy and Premier League clubs fielding enquiries over bringing him back to England.

Spurs are amongst the clubs again in the market, along with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

And they could stand a chance in their second attempt at a move with Pochettino now gone and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has certainly never held any reservations about spending big and taking on established names and could look to the Brazilian to push on as they look at risk of missing out on the Champions League this season.

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