Yet again, for what seems like the hundredth time, a Brazilian has tipped Coutinho to join Barcelona.
This time, it’s former World Player of the Year Rivaldo, who of course wowed for Los Cules at the turn of the century.
Previously, Neymar has pined for his good friend to join him in Spain, while the likes of David Luiz and Roberto Carlos have also spoken up a future move.
Rivaldo reckons struggling Barca could do with the injection of Coutinho come 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,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Barca are currently third in La Liga but have toiled at times this season and are no longer the unstoppable force they were a few years back, mainly because Andres Iniesta is ageing and Xavi has gone. Coutinho would improve their midfield tenfold, but he’s not for sale.
He doesn’t seem the type to throw his toys out of the pram and demand a transfer, especially when the fanbase has been so good to him.
Here’s hoping, anyway.