Barcelona’s CEO, Oscar Grau has come out today claiming Barcelona are in a financial stable scenario. This financial stability has led to him coming out with a bold statement claiming the club are in a situation to go back in for Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho in January.
In the week leading up to a big game against Manchester United, this is certainly not welcomed news for Liverpool. On top of this, Sadio Mane has been ruled out for 6 weeks for the Merseyside club. Certainly unwelcomed news which may turn Coutinho’s head once again.
Having handed in a formal transfer request toward the end of the summer, Coutinho’s mind was clearly in Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool downright refused to consider any offer at the time. Having signed Ousmane Dembele for a whopping €105 million up front with add ons, it seemed that Barcelona’s chase of Coutinho was at an end.
Today Grau set light to a dying fire however: We are ready to sign Coutinho, or any other player, in January … even if clubs don’t wish to sell, we would definitely be willing to try if the board decide that a player is needed.”
Even with the €222 million taken in from the Neymar transfer, a lot of this money has already been spent. €105 million has gone to Borussia Dortmund right away for Dembele, a further €30 million was spent on Nelson Semedo and another €40 million on Brazilian Paulinho. This accumulates to €200 million, adding in bringing Gerard Deulofeu from Everton for his €13 million buy out clause, leaves only €34 million profit from the Neymar transfer. Neymar’s contact gap has been largely filled by the incoming players in the interim also.
On top of this, Barcelona spent huge sums in the summer of 2016 bringing in the likes of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne in a €120 million splurge whilst only bringing in €33 million in player sales.
With Liverpool holding a minimum of a €150 million price tag over Coutinho’s head, Barcelona would need to stump up a lot more money than they have to make it happen. Even with Barcelona having “projected budget of 897m euros for the 2017 campaign, the largest budget in the LaLiga club’s history”, it still seems this is an unlikely transfer but Barcelona are certainly capable of pulling this one through.