Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau has announced that the club will try to bring in any player, including long-term target Philippe Coutinho, in January if required.
During the press conference, Grau also presented Barcelona’s biggest ever budget, amounting to €897m, for the 2017/18 campaign and announced that the club also made a record income of €708m during the last season.
The Catalans made multiple mega bids for the playmaker in the summer window but failed as Liverpool made it crystal clear that they will not sell the Brazilian at any price.
“We are prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January,” Grau said (via ESPN FC).
“What we want is to have the most competitive squad possible. We will look at [bringing in players in January], even if there aren’t any sales.”
Interestingly, the Barcelona board tried to appease unhappy fans after a poor summer by claiming that Liverpool owners demanded €200m for the former Inter Milan man hours before the window closed.
Liverpool’s’ stance, though, is expected to remain unchanged regarding Coutinho, at least in the winter, even if the Catalans decide to offer absurd money and with Sadio Mane out until December, the possibility of the midfielder’s departure in January is almost zero.
The Spanish press, though, has been working tirelessly to spread baseless rumours linking the 25-year-old with a January move away from the Reds with the latest reports even suggesting that the La Liga club is expecting strong competition from PSG for the playmaker’s signature.