We are ready to buy Coutinho in January - Barcelona chief warns Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho

Yet despite Grau's comments, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague remains doubtful that Barça will actually submit a bid for the Brazilian in January.

The La Liga giants already broke the bank during the summer transfer window to make four additions to Ernesto Valverde's ranks in the form of club record signing Ousmane Dembele, Paulinho, Nelson Semedo and Gerard Deulofeu.

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.

'We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical staff request, ' said Grau.

Neymar's world record departure to Paris Saint-Germain for €222m (A$330m) in August did much to swell the coffers and Grau outlined how Barca benefited from the windfall.


Barcelona have signalled their intentions to revive efforts to sign Liverpool's Philippe Coutino when the transfer window opens in January.

Liverpool successfully fended off Barcelona's pursuit of Coutinho in the summer, rejecting a transfer request from the 25-year-old and rebuffing bids of £72 million, £90.3 million and £118 million.

The Reds managed to keep their Brazil worldwide at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window despite Barcelona's numerous attempts to sign the number 10.

The Catalans could be back in January however and Grau says the club stand ready to chase players the coaching team want. "If that is the case, we will look for means to generate income".

Meanwhile, the Barcelona CEO has once again played down the concerns of the fans over Messi's long-term future at the club.

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