Philippe Coutinho is set to once again be in Barcelona's sights when the January transfer window opens.
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Omnisport
12 Oct 2017 - 6:14 AM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2017 - 6:22 AM

Barcelona are ready to reignite their interest in Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window, although chief executive Oscar Grau insists the LaLiga leaders must sell to buy.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request at Liverpool, who reportedly rebuffed three bids from Barca during the closing weeks of the window – the last of which was understood to have come in at £119 million (A$202 million).

Barca director Albert Soler claimed Liverpool attempted to broker a €200m (A$340m) sale on deadline day, only for the Catalan giants to balk at the price.

Coutinho facing tough job to win back hearts at Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho was officially named in Liverpool's 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the season and is expected back after Brazil's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Colombia.

Reports this week suggested Soler would step away from footballing duties at Camp Nou and, speaking at a news conference to announce Barcelona's latest financial results, Grau insisted a move for Brazil midfielder Coutinho was still on the agenda.

"We are ready for buying Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical staff requests," he said.

"But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there have to be arrivals there must be exits as well."

Grau announced Barcelona's income to have reached €708m (A$1,077m) for the 2016-17 season, with a record budget of €897m (A$1,201m) in place for 2017-18.

Neymar's world record departure to Paris Saint-Germain for €222m (A$330m) in August did much to swell the coffers and Grau outlined how Barca benefited from the windfall.

"We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer," he added.

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