The former Blaugrana star believes a deal to take the forward away from Camp Nou could still happen, but staying put is also an option

Chelsea will not have been put off Philippe Coutinho by the Brazilian’s recent injury issues, says Rivaldo, but there remains no guarantee that he will be on the move in the next transfer window.

Speculation regarding the 27-year-old’s future has raged for some time, with it expected that those at Camp Nou will look to move him on at the next opportunity.

A loan switch to Bayern Munich was sanctioned in 2019, but a season-long spell in Germany has not played out as planned. Coutinho is currently back on the treatment table after being forced to undergo ankle surgery, with it unclear as to whether he will figure in the Bundesliga again.

Bayern will not be taking up a purchase option, but a number of teams in the Premier League are said to be keen on taking the former Liverpool playmaker back to England.

Rivaldo believes that interest will be retained, telling Betfair: “Chelsea are the favourites to sign Coutinho and I don’t believe they will be put off by his recent injury. After all, next season is still very distant and he will have enough time to a completely recover.

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