Monday, 11 December, 2017

Barcelona director goes public: "We are ready to sign Coutinho in January"

Philippe Coutinho in action for Liverpool GETTYPhilippe Coutinho is expected to be chased by Barcelona again in January
Elias Hubbard | 12 October, 2017, 00:57

But their resolve is to be tested once more with an increased bid in January after Barca chief executive Oscar Grau indicated they are preparing an offer Liverpool can not refuse with cash from the sale of Neymar.

Le10 Sport claim that in an attempt to further frustrate his former club Barcelona, Neymar has pursuaded PSG to try sign to sign the Liverpool playmaker.

Coutinho had his heart set on moving to Barca and handed in a transfer request on August 11; Liverpool, however, insisted they would not give him his wish and warned Barcelona to stay away.

Recent reports have suggested that Liverpool will allow Coutinho to join Barcelona in January, and now one of Barca's board members has confirmed that the interest is still there.

"We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window", Grau said on Wednesday, per Sky Sports. We will look at [signing players], even if there aren't any sales. "After taxes we received about €188m (£168m) in income and a direct financial impact on the club's treasury of €144m (£129m)".

"We're presenting figures for this season which are the highest of any club in the world", he said. "What we want - and what we are achieving - is for our teams to be as competitive as possible".

Saga transfer of Coutinho became the center of European public attention in the transfer market last summer. "I believe that Barcelona and La Liga have to go hand in hand".

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