COU COST TOO HIGH
TOTTENHAM pulled the plug on their loan swoop for Philippe Coutinho because the ten-month deal would have cost them £40million.
That eye-watering sum for a temporary transfer was enough to end the north Londoners’ interest in signing the Barcelona misfit (above).
The Spanish club were demanding a whopping £30m loan fee for the Brazil playmaker. And with the ex-Liverpool man’s monthly wage at the Nou Camp nearing £1m it took the package to £40m.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy was never going to cough up that sort of money for a player whose form has dipped dramatically since his £130m switch to La Liga 18 months ago.
Barcelona made a lastgasp attempt to get shot of Coutinho by offering him to Arsenal, but the Gunners gave the same message, telling them he was far too expensive. MESUT OZIL will have to take a massive pay cut if he wants to rebuild his career as Wayne Rooney’s replacement at DC United.
The Arsenal playmaker is currently the secondhighest-paid player in the Premier League behind Alexis Sanchez, earning £350,000 a week.
The Gunners are keen to get him off the payroll and this week his representatives are due to fly to Washington for talks with DC bosses.
Rooney takes up a player-coach role at Derby in January, but Arsenal could have to fund part of Ozil’s deal with salaries in the MLS nowhere near the Premier League.