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Barcelona eye 21-year-old CSKA Moscow star should pursuit of Philippe Coutinho fail

Brazilian is still No1 priority in January transfer window, but Nou Camp board draw up list of contingency plans

Good news everybody, in just two months the tedious Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona saga will be clogging up your Facebook feed again!

In the event that the Catalan giants aren’t able to sign the Brazilian playmaker (again) they are considering other options in the midfield department.

According to reports in Catalonia, Barca are eyeing up CSKA Moscow star Aleksandr Golovin as a potential recruitment.

Barcelona are targeting a move for CSKA Moscow ace Aleksandr Golovin

Golovin in action

With Jurgen Klopp expected to do everything in his power to keep hold of Coutinho, Russian national Golovin may be a Nou Camp resident come January.

Sport report that Barcelona director Robert Fernandez watched Golovin in action during CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 win at Basel in midweek.

The Nou Camp chief also travelled to see defender Manuel Akanji in action for the Swiss side, but had been most impressed by the Russian midfielder.

Dele Alli holds off Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin during Euro 2016 clash

Golovin played against England at Euro 2016

Golovin is considered one of the brightest prospects in his homeland and is already a regular under Viktor Gancharenko.

He is described as the side’s midfield “lungs” and is the complete player in terms of his quickness, technique and aggression.

Golovin helped Russia to European U-19 success in 2015 and is expected to be an integral player at next summer’s World Cup.

The report also suggests Arsenal made an £8.9million bid last season, which was rejected.

Classic Arsenal.