Barcelona confirm they're 'ready' to sign Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho in January

Doug Mendoza
October 12, 2017

Just when Liverpool thought they had a battle on their hands to keep Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona's clutches, a new club has entered the race to sign the Brazilian.

Coutinho has scored in his last three successive matches for Liverpool.

Barcelona may have to get closer to Liverpool's £183m valuation for a player Liverpool re-signed on a five-year deal in January 2017, but if they do the Premier League club will find it hard to say no again.

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that the Reds have since promised Coutinho that he will be allowed to leave in January as long as the right offer is made. We will look at [signing players], even if there aren't any sales.

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"After taxes we received about €188m (A$286m) in income and a direct financial impact on the club's treasury of €144m (A$219m)".

In the days leading up to the August transfer deadline, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said he wanted more quality to be added following the sale of Neymar.

Grau discussed the club's finances on Wednesday and the prospect of buying in the winter market. We are putting all the resources of the club [to improve the squad]. "What we want - and what we are achieving - is for our teams to be as competitive as possible".

Barcelona's £95 million summer signing Ousmane Dembele was seen as a clear-cut Neymar replacement, but the French forward has since suffered a hamstring injury and will be out action until around January. "I believe that Barcelona and La Liga have to go hand in hand".

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