Former Brazilian National team player Rivaldo, has reportedly tipped young Liverpool midfielder to follow his footsteps and look for a move to Spanish Giants FC Barcelona in the Summer stating that the Catalan club will be the best platform for the young Brazilian to reach his full potential. Coutinho who has already made a name for himself as one of Premier League’s brightest stars has been a hot transfer market topic with many big clubs expressing interests to sign the attacking midfielder. The Brazilian who has been delivering stellar performances for his country and club is already hailed as one of the best long shooters in the business. Something Barcelona could definitely do with.
1998 Ballon D’Or winner Rivaldo, who spent five seasons at the Nou Camp between 1997 and 2002, winning two La Liga titles in the process, strongly urges the youngster to move to spain hinting at a possible transfer request that is pegged to come from Barcelona in the summer.
“In my opinion, he’s a great player and a player who knows Neymar well. I think they are both friends – players who stand out. I think that this transfer might happen because Barcelona is always going to attract the best, isn’t it? He is one of the players who stands out and I believe that this transfer – if he goes to Barcelona – would be a good thing for Barcelona for sure.”
Indeed Coutinho’s transfer would do tons of good for Barcelona who have been struggling in recent times with their midfield lineup. Catalan NewspaperSport claim there’s been regular contact between the player’s representatives and Barca, although there’s nothing solid on the table at the moment. In the future, though, the reports strongly imply, the club do see him as an obvious transfer target. Coutinho, who is also known to have good relations with National team-mate Neymar and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez from his six-month spell in Espanyol in 2012, has also reportedly not ruled out plans to move to the Nou Camp, and it is quite precedented now that the Brazilian will feature at the Nou Camp sooner or later should Liverpool let him go. If they don’t? Well, Barca does have the money to persuade them.