Liverpool will let Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona

Liverpool will let Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona

The Brazilian playmaker has been a long-term target of the Blaugrana who made several attempts to sign him during the summer transfer window.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to the Camp Nou but Liverpool stood strong and the Brazil global has rewarded Jurgen Klopp with some fine performances so far this term. They are also claiming that the two clubs have kept the lines of communication open and are both keen to wrap things up, as Paris Saint-Germain are looking to get involved as well.

Barcelona have turned up the heat on Liverpool and will bid £120million for Philippe Coutinho again in January.

Coutinho had his heart set on moving to Barca and handed in a transfer request on August 11; Liverpool, however, insisted they would not give him his wish and warned Barcelona to stay away. "We will do our best to meet their demands", Grau said during a press conference in which he revealed a club record budget for the 2017-2018 campaign of €897m.

"We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player".

Yet, the club CEO admitted that Barcelona might need to cash in on some players to fund such an investment - although pointing that they will have time to do so until the summer as the financial year won't end until July.

But he admits there must be departures to balance out any arrivals in the new year. We will look at [signing players], even if there aren't any sales.

"We're presenting figures for this season which are the highest of any club in the world", he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi are the only two players to have won the Ballon d'Or since 2008.

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