Former Barcelona star Rivaldo has backed Philippe Coutinho to join the Spanish champions from Liverpool.
Coutinho has blossomed into one of the Premier League’s finest talents since joining from Inter for a reported £8.5milllion in January 2013.
The 24-year-old has often been linked with a move to Camp Nou, despite him being contracted to Liverpool until 2020 and a public insistence from manager Jurgen Klopp that he will not be sold.
But Rivaldo, twice a LaLiga winner with Barca, believes signing Coutinho to link up with fellow Brazil forward Neymar would be a shrewd move.
“In my opinion, he’s a great player and a player who knows Neymar well,” he told Sky Sports. “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.
“He is a player who would definitely help Barcelona. Of course, Barcelona is a big club, but with a player like him, it would definitely be a big help.”
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