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Rivaldo: Chelsea are still the favourites to sign Coutinho

Brazil legend has revealed that Chelsea are still leading the race for Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Countinho who is curren...


Brazil legend has revealed that Chelsea are still leading the race for Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Countinho who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.

The former Barcelona midfielder said in an interview with Betfair that the blues will push to sign the 27-year-old despite his recent injury problems and current financial condition.

“Chelsea are the favourites to sign Coutinho and I don’t believe they will be put off by his recent injury,” he said.

“After all, next season is still very distant, and he will have enough time to completely recover. On the other hand, if the transfer doesn’t go forward, and he stays at Barcelona perhaps a salary reduction, based on the player’s decision, could earn plaudits from the club’s board and maybe let him show that he is eager to remain at the club and finally prove his worth.”

“Yes, there are many clubs already reducing their players’ salaries because of coronavirus crisis, but if the player takes a step forward in that themselves it would be seen as the attitude of someone interested in remaining at the club. 

“Much could happen before next season, and we can only wait for the next chapters of this story.”

However, Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian told TalkSport that they are yet to open talks with any club for the transfer of the Brazil International.

“At the moment, we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever,” he said.

“I think at the moment everyone's concentration is regarding this pandemic and how football can restart the season in a secure environment and over the health and safety of everybody. 

“I think the transfer side of things and where he will go or where people will go will come into play down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Quique Setien has openly said he would love to keep Coutinho at Nou Camp next season.

“I'm relying on the fact that Coutinho will be here next season,” he told RAC 1.

“I don't know if Coutinho will stay at the club next season. If he wants to leave, he'll do so. But if he wants to stay, I would include him in my plans.

“He [Coutinho] impresses me. Maybe I should talk to him and convince him to stay. He's a great player no doubt.”

It remains to be seen what will happen but it seems Coutinho's representatives are getting ready to look for a new club for their client when working conditions improve.


Written by Vince @blue_footy.



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