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Ronaldinho backs Coutinho to join Barcelona

Former Barcelona man Ronaldinho has backed Philippe Coutinho to move to the Camp Nou, amidst speculation.

The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants.

Further interest have emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season.

Coutinho, who is set to face England for Brazil this week in an international friendly seemingly put an end to such rumours for the time being, telling reporters: “I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world, I’m always happy.”

But, the former Espanyol man’s comments have not stopped reports by media in Spain from claiming a deal is almost close.

And, former Barca man Ronaldinho has weighed in with his opinion, telling Sky Sports: “I would be very happy to see such a talented player wear the shirt I wore for so many years.

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“I believe the way he plays will perfectly suit Barcelona and would be delighted to see a player of such quality wear the shirt.

“I like the way Coutinho plays and the type of football he brings. Those types of qualities will hopefully help Brazil win the next World Cup.”

Coutinho has previously played in Spain with Espanyol, having enjoyed a loan spell with the Catalan club whilst with Italian side Inter Milan.

Since arriving at Liverpool, the midfielder has been a major player for the Anfield based club, helping them reach the Champions League this season.

Barca will look to bolster a number of positions in the January transfer window and have been actively scouting a number of options.

Technical secretary Robert Fernandez was in attendance to watch Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea beat Manchester United a fortnight ago.

Defensive options are reportedly key for boss Ernesto Valverde with veteran defender Javier Mascherano expected to leave for either Argentina or Major League Soccer next summer.

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