Barcelona chief ‘prepared to buy Coutinho in January’

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau says that the Spanish club are ready to move again for Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.

The Nou Camp club failed with several attempts to buy the Brazilian – who put in a transfer request – with Liverpool turning down a final offer of £118m and insisting that he was not for sale.

It seems Barcelona are in no mood to give up on Coutinho, saying: “We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January.

“What we want is to have the most competitive squad possible. We will look at [signing players], even if there aren’t any sales.

“The club will remain sustainable, we don’t want losses and we have to continue to look for ways to generate income.

“The club is in a position to give them the best team possible, which is what we want,

“The club is in a very solvent, positive position. We are doing things sensibly. What we want – and what we are achieving – is for our teams to be as competitive as possible.”