Barcelona chief reveals club will chase Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in January

Philippe Coutinho in action for Liverpool

Having missed out on the signing of Philippe Coutinho during the summer, Barcelona are ready to make another offer for the Liverpool star in January.

"We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window", he said on Wednesday. "We want to have the team as competitive as possible ". "If that is the case, we will look for means to generate income".

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Reports this week suggested Soler would step away from footballing duties at Camp Nou and, speaking at a news conference to announce Barcelona's latest financial results, Grau insisted a move for Brazil midfielder Coutinho was still on the agenda.

The secret deal says Coutinho continues to play with Liverpool as long as he is allowed to fly to Barcelona in January. We are putting all the resources of the club [to improve the squad].




"The club is in a very solvent, positive position". No other teams, even in the National Basketball Association and NFL, reach these numbers.

"The club is on track to reach its target [of generating €1bn a year] by 2021".

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.

Grau stressed that he did not want to answer questions about the political situation in Spain and the consequences an independent Catalonia could have for Barcelona and their revenue.

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