Barca: We are prepared for Coutinho bid

Barcelona ‘are prepared to sign’ Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho in January, the club’s chief executive Oscar Grau has confirmed.

The Catalan giants reportedly had three summer bids rejected for the Brazilian, who later lodged a transfer request, but no summer move was forthcoming.

“We are prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player we want in January,” Grau told a press conference, as quoted by El Mundo Deportivo.

“Our aim is to have the most competitive squad possible and yes, we will look into signing players, even if no players leave the club – we want to give the fans the best team we possibly can.

“We will remain sustainable, we must continue to seek ways and opportunities to generate income and not to have any losses.

“We are presenting figures now which are higher than any other club in the world, even compared to NBA or the NFL, they cannot match these numbers.

“We are on target for with our financial goals and the budget is based on the trajectory of us continuing in La Liga. My belief is Barcelona  and La Liga must be hand in hand.”

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