Coutinho Deal in the Balance as Wages Hurt Barcelona

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Despite hopes of Barcelona signing Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho for £132m in the January window, the prospect of the move happening reduced following Daily Mail claims the Catalans must reduce their wage bill before signing any new players.

Currently running at 84% of their annual revenues, the Blaugrana know it is unsustainably high and will be looking to offload a number of fringe players in January to cut costs further. Arda Turan, 30, and Andre Gomes, 24, are most frequently linked with moves away from the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are desperate to land Coutinho this January when they know their negotiating hand is strongest. Next summer, in a new Financial Fair Play cycle, they are well aware that Paris St Germain will enter into a bidding war.

With scant regard for FFP regulations and an unending financial wealth, the French giants would be favourites to sign the Brazil international if the question becomes about money.

Coutinho is still believed to favour a move to the Catalan capital despite resistance from Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic who recently declared that they do not want the Brazilian to be signed.

However, following the sale of Neymar Jr to Paris St Germain, a marquee signing will be needed to sate the desire of the Camp Nou crowd and Coutinho fits the bill.