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

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On Wednesday morning (11 October) the Spanish publication added that in the summer Liverpool promised Coutinho that they will negotiate his transfer to Barcelona if the Catalans return with a reasonable offer.

Coutinho's inclusion in the 30-man list comes on the back of an impressive run of form for Liverpool that recently caught the attention of Barcelona.

"We are ready for buying Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical staff requests", Grau was quoted as saying by beIN Sports. "Money, is there. What we want is to have the best team possible". The 25-year-old has scored in three straight matches for Liverpool and deserves attention from Europe's biggest clubs.

Barca were thwarted in their attempt to prise Coutinho away from Anfield during the summer with Liverpool placing a reported 200 million euros ($238 million, Sh23.8 billion) asking price on the midfielder.

It was a summer of speculation surrounding Coutinho's future.

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Barcelona appear to be on a PR crusade this week to show the world they're in really good financial health and have been run very well financially over the past couple of years of so.

Yet with the Reds seventh in the Premier League, and showing little evidence that the defence is on the rise, there will always be a part of Coutinho that has eyes on a move to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona have signalled their intentions to revive efforts to sign Liverpool's Philippe Coutino when the transfer window opens in January.

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