Barcelona 'are prepared' to sign Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho - CEO

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

But Grau made clear the Spanish giants had not given up the chase.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has joined stars from clubs such as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus in being nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or.

"I don't think it's going to happen in January, I don't think they've got intention of making it in January", Balague told Sky Sports, per the Express.

However, there is no indication of what such a bid would be although the report does suggests it would be similar to those lodged during summer, thought to be €110m, of which €80m was paid up front.

Barcelona are now in bullish mood ahead of the January transfer window as the board seeks to finally land Coutinho after seeing three bids rejected in the summer, including a reported £114 million.

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It was a summer of speculation surrounding Coutinho's future.

The Reds managed to keep their Brazil global at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window despite Barcelona's numerous attempts to sign the number 10. The Reds were unmoved when Coutinho officially asked him to be sold.

But Dembele has endured a nightmare start to life at the Camp Nou.

Liverpool have now reportedly given the green light for Philippe Coutinho to leave the club in January.

At the time of writing, there are 20 more players to be revealed - at which point we will know who Coutinho is competing with for the award.

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