Barcelona’s chief executive, Oscar Grau, recently stated the Catalan club are again determined to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in January’s transfer window.
“We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window,” Grau said midway through October.
“We want to have the most competitive squad possible.”
Barcelona have yet to spend the £198m purse they received for the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and are prepared to continue their advances to secure the Brazilian international.
When asked, if permitted, would Coutinho want to join Barcelona, Luis Suarez told Mundo Deportivo (via Sky Sports):
“Obviously he must have because he’s a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barca.
“I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute.”
Barcelona attempted to sign Coutinho multiple times at the beginning of this season, resulting in the exciting midfielder missing six of Liverpool’s opening games of the Premier League.
As uncertainty surrounds Coutinho’s future, Suarez has praised the 25-year-old’s resilience:
“He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he continued to show how good a player he is and the personal quality he has.
“Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued helping the team and working. He is demonstrating as a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.”
Suarez was once a teammate of Coutinho and must be eager to capitalise on his creativity. Having stood fast against Barcelona’s extravagant offers, Liverpool will be just as determined to retain Coutinho in an effort to increase their chances of progressing higher up the table in the Premier League.