Whilst wider media outlets in Spain repeatedly suggest the Liverpool transfer would be much better off in the next summer window, in Catalonia that doesn't sell enough newspapers, so the winter window has to be zoned in on. The Spanish club's new manager Ernesto Valverde had identified the Reds midfielder as the top priority target.
Coutinho wanted to move to the Camp Nou during the summer transfer window and even handed in a transfer request in order to force through a move. Barcelona are going to hold a meeting with the Premier League club next month to try and push things forward, with the hope Coutinho could then move as soon as the January window opens.
"I believe the way he plays will perfectly suit Barcelona and I would be delighted to see a player of such quality wear the shirt".
"I would be very happy to see such a talented player wear the shirt I wore for so many years", Ronaldinho said of his compatriot Coutinho.
"I'm playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world", Coutinho said ahead of Brazil's worldwide friendly against England at Wembley, via Daily Star.
The former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star was in London as the Football for Peace ambassador. "Those types of qualities will hopefully help Brazil win the next World Cup". Ronaldinho also stressed that Brazil needs a player like Coutinho in order to improve their chances of winning the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.