Coutinho for Barcelona’s Rakitic and cash. Is this worth exploring?

​Barcelona could offer Ivan Rakitic to Liverpool in their effort to sign Philippe Coutinho, according to Spanish publication ​Don Balon.

The Catalan giants have realised that, despite the best efforts of Neymar and Luis Suarez, securing Coutinho’s signature may not be as easy as they once thought and they are now willing to part with Rakitic and a cash fee in order to sign Brazil international Coutinho.

Rakitic has come under scrutiny this season after failing to pick up form, scoring five times and adding an assist in 23 La Liga games. The Croatia international had impressed after arriving at the Nou Camp from Sevilla in 2014, helping the club win two La Liga titles and a Champions League, but he could now be used as a sweetener to entice Liverpool into selling Coutinho.

However, not all member of Barcelona’s board are convinced by the proposal and the move will likely need approving from the club’s new manager, with the Spanish giants yet to appoint a new coach after Luis Enrique confirmed he would not be signing a new contract.

Coutinho’s indifferent form

Coutinho’s early season form sparked speculation linking him with Barcelona, and his close friendship with Brazil teammate Neymar has consistently been talked up as a potential deciding factor in the transfer. His form has been average since returning from the ankle ligament injury which ruled him out for two months in November, scoring just once in the Premier League since returning in January while contributing no assists.

Is this an option worth exploring? 

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