The Nou Camp side missed out on Brazilian in protracted summer saga but appear ready to buy him again
PHILIPPE COUTINHO is Barcelona’s top January transfer target, according to reports.
The Nou Camp side missed out on the Brazilian in one of the summer’s most protracted sagas.
That was despite Coutinho handing in a transfer request and missing several games at the start of the Reds’ season.
But Ernesto Valverde’s side are not put off in their pursuit and will reignite their bid to sign Coutinho in January, report Marca.
And they say that the playmaker tops their Christmas wishlist of targets – with club CEO Oscar Grau confirming as much earlier this week.
Barca are looking to offload Arda Turan after failing to find him a new home in the summer.
The Turkey midfielder rejected a switch to Galatasaray to stay in Spain, where he is contracted until 2020.
Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Colombian wonderkid Yerry Mina.
But they will not complete the deal until after the 2018 World Cup, according to reports.
Marco Verratti, Jean Michael Seri and Leon Goretzka have all attracted the interest of Nou Camp chiefs.
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But Coutinho remains the first-choice man to replace Neymar, who left in a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.