All of the talk last summer was around Philippe Coutinho’s on/off move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
But while Barcelona were frustrated in their pursuit, that hasn’t put them off going back in as soon as the window opens again.
Coutinho isn’t the only name on Ernesto Valverdes’ wishlist though. Barcelona are also monitoring Welsh forward Ben Woodburn, according to reports in Spain.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Woodburn. It’s a match made in Welsh heaven.
The report should be taken with a large pinch, or maybe fistful, of salt, given Don Balon’s less than prolific history when it comes to transfer rumours.
But there is an interesting line that states Woodburn previously rejected the advances of Barcelona and their crosstown rivals Espanyol when he was 12.
Woodburn is Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer, breaking Michael Owen’s record when he netted against Leeds in November 2016 at the age of 17.
He’s also Wales’ second-youngest goalscorer, behind a certain Gareth Bale, following his strike against Austria in September.
This season the 18-year-old has made nine appearances for club and country, although he’s yet to start a game for Liverpool.
Why don’t we end this with a quick quiz?
Can you name the other Welsh player, aside from Bale, to have tried his luck in Spain’s top flight?
Answers on a postcard.
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