Kevin Phillips claimed Philippe Coutinho is a “world class” player but is not convinced he would thrive at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Spurs do not need the “luxury player” whilst they Giovani Lo Celso.
According to The Mirror, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have made an inquiry about the availability of the 27-year-old this summer.
Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich after failing to meet expectations following his £142million move to Barcelona in January 2018.
When asked if the Brazilian playmaker would fit in at Spurs, Phillips told Football Insider: “I am not sure about Tottenham.
“They have Lo Celso who is a good player and is similar – drifts about and technically very good.
“When I think about what Jose Mourinho demands from his players going forward and going back, in terms of work-rate… Coutinho is a luxury player. Is he willing to do that shift that Mourinho would ask?
“Of course, he is a world-class player and whatever team he ends up going to if they get the best out of him – wow. We saw at Liverpool what a player he is, he just needs to be consistent now. He could play for any of those top teams but I do not know about Tottenham.”
Coutinho, who scored 54 goals and provided 45 assists in his 201 appearances at Liverpool, was widely recognised as one of the Premier League’s best before his move to La Liga.
Champions League football could be a major factor in any potential transfer with Spurs currently seven points off of fourth-placed Chelsea.