In Spurs’ manager hunt in the summer one of the names they had talks with was Flick, who enjoyed two successful seasons with Bayern Munch.

 

Talks ultimately broke down between the parties, with Flick becoming Germany coach and Spurs appointing Nuno Espirito Santo, someone they later replaced with Antonio Conte.

 

 

Coutinho’s signing was made official today as he arrives at Villa Park on loan from Barcelona, but there was another Premier League club he could have ended up at.

 

During the negotiations phase with Spurs, Flick identified Coutinho as the man he wanted as his first signing if he took over.

 

 

Flick would have made the Brazilian star his number-one priority but ultimately it all came to nothing as talks between the parties broke down.

 

The Germany coach managed Coutinho in the 2019/20 season at Bayern Munich, where he was on loan from Barcelona and in that campaign Flick led the Bavarian giants to the treble.

 

 

Coutinho arrives at Villa Park after having excellent relations with the Lions’ manager Steven Gerrard, formed when they played together at Liverpool.