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Barcelona - The Coutinho Saga Rumbles On

13 October 2017
Barcelona - The Coutinho Saga Rumbles On

Barcelona are confident they can sign Liverpool playmaker Philppe Coutinho in January after missing out on the Brazilian in the summer.

"The Coutinho-Barcelona link will not go away", he explained.

Barcelona chief executive, Oscar Grau, has warned Liverpool that they are ready to resume their chase to land Philippe Coutinho in January.

"We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window", Grau told a news conference.

The 25-year-old has scored in three straight matches for Liverpool and deserves attention from Europe's biggest clubs.

"We want to have the most competitive squad possible".

The Times' Paul Joyce, elaborating on Grau's comments, said that "Liverpool will be angered" by Barcelona's renewed efforts.

While that is the case for now, it would be no surprise if a European heavyweight or two came sniffing again in the future, and if Coutinho does ultimately leave, Liverpool will need a replacement.

"I don't think it's going to happen in January, I don't think they've got intention of making it in January".

Saga transfer of Coutinho became the center of European public attention in the transfer market last summer.

The Brazilian and his agents have, according to Mundo Deportivo, reached a personal agreement with Liverpool which allows Coutinho to leave for Barcelona, as soon as January 1st onward, as long as a reasonable offer is put forward.

Coutinho would be cup-tied for Champions League games should he move to Barca but that is not expected to affect the move.