27-year-old Brazil international personally rejected Mauricio Pochettino

Philippe Coutinho told to Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino that he did not want to join his side during a phone call with the boss on deadline day.

The Brazilian is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou after an underwhelming 2018-19 season during which he only netted five league goals.

The La Liga champions, having received no offers for Philippe Coutinho, had offered the attacking midfielder to Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United as the English transfer deadline approached.

The Mirror is reporting, Mauricio Pochettino tried to convince Philippe Coutinho to return to England during a one-on-one phone call, but the South American was not interested in leaving Barcelona.

The 27-year-old has fallen further down the pecking order at the Camp Nou following the arrival of World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for £108 million.

It has been claimed that Barcelona were even willing to offload the Brazil international to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a swap deal for Neymar.

Spurs also failed to sign another transfer target Bruno Fernandes, who is now furious with Sporting Lisbon for blocking his move to the Champions League runners-up.

The 24-year-old had been rumoured to have attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, with Manchester United also heavily linked.

Tottenham are believed to have made a late bid of £70 million for the attacking midfielder, which met the club’s valuation of their asset.

The Portuguese giants turned the bid down, though, due to the structure of the deal Spurs were proposing, which included a large part that would have been dependent on clauses.