Tottenham are favourites to sign Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan, Sky Sports News understands.
The 27-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp and has been linked with several Premier League clubs.
One source has told Sky Sports News Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino phoned the Brazil international in an effort to convince him to join the club.
Coutinho enjoyed a successful six-month loan under Pochettino while he was manager of Espanyol in 2012, scoring five goals in 16 appearances.
It’s understood few teams can afford Barca’s £80m price tag they have put on the former Liverpool midfielder after they paid £142m in January 2018.
Coutinho’s arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium would add credence to reports Manchester United are considering a late move for Christian Eriksen.