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

Barcelona preparing £97m bid for Coutinho in January

  Barcelona preparing £97m bid for Coutinho in January According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are preparing a £97m bid for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in January, as the Brazilian continues to pursue a move to the La Liga side, the Express report. It is believed that Barcelona’s return bid will be identical to the one that got turned down in the summer, with the Spanish giants not willing to meet Liverpool’s demands of £175 million for the 25-year-old, who is under contract with the Reds until June 2022, having signed a new deal in January 2017. Coutinho’s potential move to the Catalan giants was one of the most talked about transfer sagas of the summer, with Barcelona making him their number one target to replace Neymar who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee. The Brazilian has impressed since his return to the side, with his most recent goal coming in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle, and is believed to be in constant contact with Barca executives and potential new teammates in a hope a move can be agreed.

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.

Can lauds Coutinho's ability

  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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' 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."

PSG eye January move for Philippe Coutinho in January

  PSG eye January move for Philippe Coutinho in January French side Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in a January move for Philippe Coutinho, according to Sport. The report claims that Paris Saint-Germain have been interested in the player for some time and could try to beat Barcelona to his signature. Coutinho was linked with a move to the Nou Camp throughout the summer as Barcelona failed with several bids for the Brazilian. President Nasser Al-Khelaifi as well the club’s sporting director and former defender Maxwell, are both keen for the Ligue 1 club to bring Coutinho to France, however, Barcelona remain interested in signing the player. The report suggests that Coutinho would prefer a move to the Catalan side out of the two teams. Liverpool were determined that they would not sell the Brazilian throughout the summer and may well have to fend off yet more interest in Coutinho next year after rejecting bids in the region of £114 million.

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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.

Barcelona set to make £120m Coutinho bid .
Barcelona are set to make a £120m offer for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. According to The Mirror, Barcelona are now ready to return for Coutinho in January after missing out on him in the summer. Coutinho’s protracted move to Barcelona was one of the most heavily talked about transfer that never came to fruition. Barcelona had multiple bids rejected over the summer for the attacking midfielder, with Liverpool sticking to their guns and promising their fans that he would not be sold. The talented number ten even handed in a transfer request in August, but was still unable to force through a move to Spain. The Mirror now claim that he could be on his way in January, with Barcelona ready to reignite their interest and tempt Liverpool with another bid. The report does not mention whether £120m matches Liverpool’s price tag of Coutinho, or whether they will entertain offer near that figure.

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