Barca: We'll be back for Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

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

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is among 30 players nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, with the victor revealed later this month.

"We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request", he told reporters.

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.

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.

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

The Liga side saw three bids rejected by Liverpool, with their final offer worth £114.2 million, as the Reds held firm over the future of their star No. 10. "We will do our best to meet their demands", Grau said during a press conference in which he revealed a club record budget for the 2017-2018 campaign of €897m.

One player expected to leave in the New Year is Andre Gomes; the Portugal worldwide was set to join Tottenham on transfer deadline day and Sportsmail understands that move will be resurrected in January.

Catalan media outlet El Mundo Deportivo claims that Liverpool might be ready to cash in on Philippe Coutinho in January.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi are the only two players to have won the Ballon d'Or since 2008.

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