Sport 'We are ready to buy Coutinho' - Barcelona chief promises January move for Liverpool star

16:56  11 october  2017
16:56  11 october  2017 Source:   Goal.com

'We are ready to buy Coutinho' - Barcelona chief promises January move for Liverpool star

  'We are ready to buy Coutinho' - Barcelona chief promises January move for Liverpool star The Brazil international's move to the Catalan club broke down over the summer but he is still wanted in the New YearThe Camp Nou side were desperate to land the 25-year-old Brazil international in the summer window, with Coutinho himself attempting to force a deal through by telling the Reds he wanted to leave.

Barcelona are ready to make another move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho , club CEO Oscar Grau has confirmed, though his arrival will come at a cost. The Camp Nou side were desperate to land the 25-year-old Brazil international in the summer window

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Barcelona are ready to make another move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, club CEO Oscar Grau has confirmed, though his arrival will come at a cost.

The Camp Nou side were desperate to land the 25-year-old Brazil international in the summer window, with Coutinho himself attempting to force a deal through by telling the Reds he wanted to leave.

A transfer failed to materialise, however, with Liverpool instantly dismissing all offers from Barca before the end of the transfer deadline.

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Barca director Albert Soler later revealed that Liverpool had requested €200 million for the diminutive playmaker, just short of what Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain for weeks earlier.

Barca chief admits they will be in for Coutinho in January

  Barca chief admits they will be in for Coutinho in January Even with the transfer window now shut, Philippe Coutinho’s proposed transfer to Barcelona won’t go away, with Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau adding fuel to the fire by admitting the Catalan giants will indeed look to lure the Brazilian away from Anfield in January, the Liverpool Echo report. The Reds stood firm over the course of the summer, rejecting three bids from Barca, with the highest being a reported £118 million, along with a rejected transfer request from the player himself. However, Grau has stated that the La Liga leaders are ‘ready’ to buy Coutinho in the January window, with Liverpool again remaining adamant they will not be pressured into selling the playmaker. Since the summer window closed, Coutinho has returned to the first team fold, impressing in many of his individual performances including the most recent draw with Newcastle United, where he yet again scored from outside of the box. Despite the continued rumours, the Brazilian is set to feature in Liverpool’s plans up to January, starting this Saturday lunchtime, as Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Manchester United to Anfield.

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' We are ready to buy Coutinho ' - Barcelona chief promises January move for Liverpool star .

Rumours then emerged that the Premier League club would let him leave Anfield in the January window if Coutinho agreed to play out the rest of the calendar year for the club.

And the Liga leaders have not given up their chase for the attacker after confirming their intentions to make another move. They have, though, conceded there will have to be players sold to fund the deal.

"We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request," Grau said in a press conference. "But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits as well.

"We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer. After taxes we received about €188m in income and a direct financial impact on the club's treasury of €144m."

Coutinho resurrects move to Barcelona

  Coutinho resurrects move to Barcelona Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona appears to be back on. Known to Liverpool fans as the “Little Magician”, seemed to have put his issues with Liverpool and the chaos of the summer transfer window behind him. With Man of the Match performances in recent weeks, it appeared the Coutinho was back to his best and ready to spearhead Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns. However, reports suggest that agreement is in place between the club and Coutinho’s representatives, to allow Liverpool’s talisman to leave for Barcelona from January 1st, if an adequate offer is received. This agreement may appear to be a compromise between the two parties in order for Liverpool to get the best out of their star man as well as Coutinho getting his dream move to Barcelona. Obviously, this news from the Catalan press will do little to impress Liverpool fans who were hoping the summer was just a moment of madness, that similar to previous transfer sagas like Steven Gerrard’s short but hurtful transfer request to Chelsea back in 2005. But if history is a great determiner, the cases of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres, will show that every player has their price to the club, and preventing such moves are possible in the short term, but never realistic in the long.

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During the same Grau conference, the Barca boss revealed a record budget for the 2017-2018 campaign of €897m, as well as €708m in income for last season.

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Coutinho has gone onto make three appearances under Jurgen Klopp this season and scored twice.

Liverpool have won only three of their opening seven fixtures and sit seventh in the Premier League title, seven points behind early joint-leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, who they host at Anfield on Saturday.

Can lauds Coutinho's ability .
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has lauded the ability of his teammate Philippe Coutinho. Can says that he has never seen a player as talented as Coutinho during his career so far. Coutinho has scored in his last three appearances for Liverpool, with the most recent coming in the form of a long-range strike against Newcastle in a 1-1 draw. The Brazilian midfielder was heavily courted by Spanish giants Barcelona but Liverpool held firm and kept hold of their prized playmaker. Liverpool were said to have rejected a number of bids from Barcelona over the summer, who failed to make an offer worthwhile for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Coutinho stayed, and now Can is giving him high praise – lauding his excellent ability on the ball. Speaking to Squawka, Can said this: “I never saw a talented player like him, he’s amazing.” “On the ball he is just amazing. It is very difficult to play against him.” Liverpool are currently seventh in the Premier League and seven points off the top of the table as it stands.

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