Either way, selling Eriksen this year would give Tottenham the financial strength to move for Coutinho. Barcelona wanted at least £80 million for him and the Mauricio Pochettino-managed side were reluctant to pay such a high sum.
Spurs have been linked with the Argentina global all summer long, with BBC Sport reporting at the start of the transfer window that a £53 million offer was rejected.
Barca are looking to offload the playmaker, 27, with sources telling AFP a deal to return to the Premier League remains a "strong possibility".
As such, the proposed move for Coutinho to Tottenham has all but fallen apart and does not look like being brought back to life, with little time left in the Premier League window.
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After Coutinho ruled out going back to the north west to join Manchester United and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, admitted it would be "hard" for him to join another team in the Premier League, it would seem the path to England is blocked.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has not travelled with the Barcelona squad for their mini-tour to the United States - they will play Napoli again in MI on Saturday - because of a calf injury.
"He's a top quality player, the way he breaks from deep-lying midfield positions, his shooting ability - it's a mystery why it hasn't gone well for him at Barcelona".
Arsenal broke their transfer record after the Gunners signed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe in a £72m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille last week. I know that it would be a very complicated operation, that he plays for PSG and that we have a great squad that can challenge for every trophy.
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