Are Barcelona lining up two alternatives to Philippe Coutinho?

Philippe Coutinho in action for Liverpool

The Camp Nou side were desperate to land the 25-year-old Brazil global in the summer window, with Coutinho himself attempting to force a deal through by telling the Reds he wanted to leave.

Joining Coutinho on France Football's shortlist for the best player accolade is compatriot Neymar, who sealed a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho's remaining 20 rivals for the award will be unveiled throughout Monday, though he is likely to be the only Liverpool player acknowledged.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently suggested that the club would not make a new attempt to sign him in January due to the Reds' high demands.

However, several reports in Spain are claiming that the La Liga giants do plan to revive the pursuit in January as manager Ernesto Valverde is still keen on adding the Brazilian ace to his ranks.

Coutinho has since found the back of the net in his next two games against Russian side Spartak Moscow and promoted side Newcastle United.

Barcelona might struggle to raise the winter funds it would require to tempt Liverpool into selling such a key figure halfway through the season, although claims of a "promise" between them and Coutinho would seek to unsettle any harmony.

Coutinho knows he can not play for Barca in the Champions League this season but that has not put him off joining.

Mundo Deportivo have reported that following his failed transfer to Barcelona, Coutinho was so dejected that he declared to his club that he would never put on a red shirt again.

It's also claimed that Coutinho was determined not to play for Liverpool in this season's Champions League to ensure he wasn't cup tied for Barcelona later on in the competition.

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