Philippe Coutinho claims he would only join Newcastle if Pochettino is hired

Philippe Coutinho claims he would only join Newcastle if Pochettino is hired

- Philippe Coutinho is the latest player to be linked to Premier League club Newcastle

- The 27-year-old will reportedly join the Magpies if Mauricio Pochettino is hired as manager

- Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United have also been linked to the Brazilian winger

Philippe Coutinho will only join Newcastle if the Premier League club appoints Mauricio Pochettino as manager, reports in Spain claim.

The Saint James' Park outfit are on the edge of a £300m takeover from a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund at the end of April.

And a lot of big names have been linked to the Tyneside club including former Tottenham boss Pochettino.

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According to Spanish news media outlet Mundo Deportivo, the 27-year-old would join the Magpies if the Argentine boss is hired.

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Coutinho is currently one of the hottest players in the transfer market after failing to justify his £142million move from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018.

The Brazilian is presently on a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich despite his nine goals and nine assists, the Bavarians are unwilling to make his deal permanent.

Barcelona are looking to offload Coutinho off their books in the summer and Chelsea are the club leading the race for the Inter Milan star.

But Newcastle are the latest club to have penned their interest in the Brazilian and the only hurdle of landing Coutinho at the club is hiring Pochettino.

Reports claim that Barca have reportedly placed around £80m price tag on Coutinho which Chelsea are not prepared to meet.

Coutinho managed 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 matches for Barca, against his 54 goals in 201 appearances for Liverpool.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Philippe Coutinho would have to be bought by £87million this summer, according to reports from Spain.

Chelsea are at the forefront of the deal as Barcelona look set to offload the Brazilian international.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have also been linked to him, but Liverpool have rejected the chance to take him back.

According to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, the 27-year-old will only be priced away from Camp Nou for £87m.

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