Rivaldo backs Barca target Coutinho to thrive

Philippe Coutinho has the characteristics to be a success at Barcelona if he moves to the club from Liverpool, according to fellow Brazilian Rivaldo.

Barca are reported to be preparing a fresh bid worth an initial €110million for Coutinho, having failed with a number of offers for the midfielder in August.

Ernesto Valverde indicated on Wednesday he was unsure whether the club would move for Coutinho again, the player having been featured on leaked promotional material from Nike this week to spark fresh intrigue.

Barca icon Rivaldo, who won a brace of league titles in his five-year spell at Camp Nou, has backed Coutinho for a switch to the Catalan giants.

“Coutinho is a very good player and if he ends up signing for Barcelona, he will succeed easily,” Rivaldo told Marca.

“I think he has the characteristics that a footballer needs to succeed in Barcelona.

“The style of play will suit him and fans will give him time to adapt, I think he will succeed.”