By 90Min
November 02, 2017

Barcelona have been keeping an eye on CSKA Moscow's Aleksander Golovin, as Ernesto Valverde and the recruitment team look for options to beef up their squad in the winter window, particularly after failing to land Philippe Coutinho in the summer.

The Catalans are keeping an eye on numerous stars at other European clubs, according to Marca and the club's technical secretary Robert Fernandez was in Basel on Tuesday to watch the CKSA midfielder against Basel in the Champions League.

Fernandez was also at last month's Premier League clash between Spurs and Liverpool, where he was reportedly sent to watch Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Coutinho.

However, something of an unknown compared to more stellar names on Barça's radar, 21-year-old Golovin has made a real impression for the Russian side, and looks set to star for his country in next summer's World Cup on home soil.

Fernandez on hand at Tuesday night's Group A fixture to watch Golovin play very well as his side beat Basel 2-1, and he could prove a more economic purchase than the likes of other reported interests Nabil Fekir, Timo Werner and, of course, Coutinho.

Meanwhile, according to the report, the likes of Arda Turan, Thomas Vermaelen and Aleix Vidal could depart in January, while Rafinha is also continually linked with an exit. 

The Catalans are also likely to go for Coutinho again when the transfer window reopens, though Liverpool have been stubborn over his future so far and Barça could turn to the up and coming Russian as a plan B, if the Reds continue to their stance on their Brazilian star.

Golovin, who is also being watched by Arsenal, has a lot of pedigree for someone his age, having already won the Russian Premier League once and the Under-17 European Championship in 2013. He also boasts eight goals in 82 appearances for his club, and two goals in 15 caps for his nation.

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