Barcelona are preparing to attempt once again to sign the Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.
Over the summer the Spanish club failed multiplier times to sign Coutinho, but the Brazilian is eager to move and he missed six of Liverpool’s opening games of the Premier League season as speculation intensified throughout August.
Barcelona were immediately ready to spend the £198 million they received from the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the club’s chief executive Oscar Grau has said that nothing has changed ahead of the winter transfer window.
Speaking earlier this week Grau said, “We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window. We want to have the most competitive squad possible. The club will be sustainable, we don’t want losses. If that is the case, we will look for means to generate income.”
Meanwhile the team look set to become the world’s highest earning sports club with forecast revenues of £804 million for the financial year 2017/18.
The revenues were boosted by the sale of Neymar and Grau said, “We’re presenting figures for this season which are the highest of any club in the world. No other teams, not even in the NBA or the NFL, reach these numbers. The club is on track to reach its target [of generating €1bn a year] by 2021.”
Last season Barcelona announced revenues of £635 million and projected an increase of 27% for the current season. If the forecasts are correct it will mark a fifth consecutive season of record revenue for the club.
The revenues are significantly more than English clubs’, Manchester United posted revenue of £581.2 million last season and become the first British club to break the half-billion mark the previous season.