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Barça's Plan A: Coutinho in January and Griezmann in July

Barça's Plan A: Coutinho in January and Griezmann in July

Coutinho's absence from the Liverpool squad has only fueled speculation continuing to circulate around his future, with Barcelona long-term admirers of the midfielder, who is seen as an ideal replacement for the recently departed Neymar.

In the same period, the Uruguayan has won nine trophies with Barcelona, including the coveted Champions League in 2015, two La Liga titles and three Copa del Reys.

Coach Tite changed half of his preferred XI for Friday's Brasil Global Tour victory over Japan in Lille on Friday, but it set to revert to his strongest side in the English capital this week.

But the playmaker did express his gratitude for being able to turn out in the Premier League, having made the switch from Inter Milan at the beginning of 2013. The Hornets bought Richarlison from Fluminense for £11m and he has already dazzled with a mixture of skill, pace and some quick technical dribbling. His four goals and four assists have helped Watford climb to ninth in the Premier League table, as well as making them the highest scoring team outside of the top six.

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Gomes denied this in a statement last month but Messi, it seems, is still suspicious of the former Valencia man. As of July 1, 2018 Griezmann's release clause will stand at 100 million euros, which is within Barça's budget whether they sign Coutinho or not.

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The 25-year-old is expected to take to the field at Wembley on Tuesday night, and could line up opposite Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez. However, any deal for the talented Alli will cost a fortune as Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, is known to be a tough negotiator and will not sell the player for anything less than £150 million.