Philippe Coutinho named on 30-man shortlist for 2017 Ballon d'Or

12 October, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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Phillippe Coutinho was literally chased all summer by Barcelona during the summer, but it is believed that the Reds rejected three bids from the Catalan giants. 'But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits'.

And Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau has now added more fuel to the saga after claiming that the club are prepared to make a big investment in Coutinho or any other player if the technical staff considers it necessary.

Nevertheless, the timing of Grau's comments will not please Jurgen Klopp as he looks for his players to refocus after the worldwide break with a huge match against Manchester United on the horizon on Saturday.

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.

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

"After taxes we received about €188m (A$286m) in income and a direct financial impact on the club's treasury of €144m (A$219m)".

Barcelona's pursuit of Coutinho escalated after Paris Saint-Germain finalised the world-record breaking €222m (£198m) signing of Neymar, activating a release clause in the forward's contract to take him from the Nou Camp.

Will Philippe Coutinho sign for Barcelona in the January transfer window?

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