Philippe Coutinho told to take ‘good option’ after Barcelona make Chelsea offer

Chelsea are weighing up a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan after the Barcelona star was offered to the Blues after flopping since his move to the Nou Camp.

Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million in January 2018 but he failed to hit top form.

German giants Bayern Munich took the Brazilian on loan this year but they are not expected to activate the purchase clause.

Therefore, Barcelona have to look elsewhere to offload Coutinho in order to continue with their own transfer plans.

Chelsea appear to be the most interested party and former Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo thinks Coutinho would suit a move to Stamford Bridge.

“After a season and a half at Barcelona and one more at Bayern Munich without managing to have the same success he had at Liverpool, I believe that this chance Philippe Coutinho now has of continuing his career at Chelsea could be a good option,” Rivaldo wrote in his Betfair column.

“He will move to a big club and to a country and competition he knows well where he had his best years so far, so if that transfer really happens, I’m sure he will have a good chance of seeing things improve for him in the future, after all he has already shined on the Premier League before.

“Looking at Coutinho’s last few years we can say that he didn’t achieved what was expected of him, but he is still has time to recover his best football and with his confidence back he could easily become the same player he was at Liverpool.

“I consider this to be just a not-so-good spell for him, but we can’t say that he is playing poorly because it would be a lie, things are simply not running as well as many would expect when he left Liverpool to sign for Barcelona.

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“He is still a regular in the Brazilian national team and just hasn’t been lucky enough at Barcelona or Bayern, but perhaps that could change with a new club and I believe this would be a nice opportunity for him to get back to his best football at Chelsea.

“Furthermore, next year we’ll have Copa America and one year later the World Cup, so it would be important for Coutinho to be playing at a good European club in order not to lose his place in the national team when those big tournaments come around.”

Rivaldo had initially backed Coutinho to fight for his place in Catalonia but his feelings have now changed.

He added: “I said a few weeks ago in my Betfair column that I still believe Coutinho will find his place at Barcelona if he had another chance next season, but that would only be possible if there was an agreement between the club and the player.

“Apparently, that is not the case and I suppose that one of the parties did not agree with that possibility.

“So, if there is no chemistry between both player and club then of course the best solution will be a transfer that we hope can benefit both parties.

“Essentially, when there are doubts or mistrust between parties then the better option will be the transfer, after all it seems that the relation between player and club is already worn.”

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