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    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2017
    Barcelona have said they are in a position to pursue their interest in
    Philippe Coutinho in January after having bids for the Liverpool
    playmaker rejected in the summer.

    In a long running transfer saga,
    Barca did not give up their pursuit of the Brazil international until
    deadline day, when sources told ESPN FC they claimed to have been asked
    for €200 million.

    Liverpool turned down three Barcelona offers but denied asking for €200m and said Coutinho was never for sale.

    However, Mundo Deportivo reported on Wednesday that Coutinho has an
    agreement with Liverpool that will allow him to leave Anfield in the
    winter window.

    We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player
    in January, Barca CEO Oscar Grau said at a news conference on Wednesday.

    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.

    In the days leading up to the August transfer deadline, Barca coach
    Ernesto Valverde said he wanted more quality to be added following the
    sale of Neymar.

    Although the club did not make any signings following his comments Gerard Pique Jersey, Grau said they would back him in the January market.

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

    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.

    Grau announced a predicted record revenue of €897m for this season,
    an increase of €189m on last season, partly thanks to Neymar s move to
    Paris Saint Germain.

    We re presenting figures for this season which are the highest of
    any club in the world, he said. No other teams not even in the NBA or
    the NFL reach these numbers.

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

    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.

    However, he confirmed that the club wanted to remain part of La Liga regardless of the outcome of Catalonia s push for secession.

    The budget is done on the basis that we continue in La Liga, he
    said. I believe that Barcelona and La Liga have to go hand in hand.