Rivaldo has offered his thoughts on Coutinho’s future.
Ex- Brazilian and Barcelona player Rivaldo has suggested that Philippe Coutinho can stand a chance in the Premier League. The Barcelona ace has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer as his future in Spain looks bleak. Coutinho is believed to be favouring a move to the English top-flight, with Newcastle United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all being linked with him. The Brazilain legend Rivaldo has said that his compatriot could be a good fit for Arsenal and Tottenham.
“Philippe Coutinho will soon return from his loan at Bayern to Barcelona but I doubt he can revive his career there.”
“His best option could be returning to English football where he spent the best seasons of his career and in which his qualities seem to be best suited, as he proved at Liverpool when he was one of the best players in the Premier League.
“At Arsenal, Tottenham or Leicester, Coutinho could be a regular starter next season. It would be a good opportunity for the Brazilian to rediscover his best form and show that he continues to be an excellent player who belongs to the elite.”
Coutinho is soon to return from Bayern Munich, who had neither opted to extend his loan spell nor sign him permanently. The 28-year-old fared well for the Bavarian during his season-long loan, but that wasn’t enough to convince the Bavarians to tie him to a new deal.
The Brazilian’s agent also spoke about his client’s future, stating that a return to the Premier League could happen, while not putting aside the chances to stay with Barcelona.
“We’ve not kept it a secret that he wants to come back to the Premier League if he can.
“He adores playing in the Premier League and I think it’s one of his priorities, but he’s also not against staying in Barcelona so it’s very open.”
Barcelona’s current manager Quique Setien hasn’t denied the possibility of adding Coutinho to the Barcelona ranks next season as the former Real Betis manager admires the Brazilian a lot.
Meanwhile, Barca are said to be trying cashing on Coutinho to generate more funds, which they could use for potential summer targets. The Catalan club has been hit by a financial crisis caused by the Pandemic and are counting on Brazilian’s sale.
The Blaugrana have also lowered Coutinho’s asking price to ease his departure. The former Liverpool star has a contract running until 2023.