Coutinho on Atletico radar

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Philippe Coutinho in full flow against EvertonPA PhotosAtletico could make a second play for Coutinho in January.

12 months ago, Philippe Coutinho was an outcast at Inter Milan. How distant those circumstances seem now. The Brazilian, who has been perhaps Liverpool's best player in 2013, has cast aside the first team hopeful tag and is a man in demand. So much so that Liverpool will have a fight on their hands to hold onto him for the rest of the season.

According to the Sunday People, Atletico Madrid will continue their pursuit of Coutinho in January in a bid to boost their Champions League hopes. Should Diego Simeone's side qualify to the knockout stages, they are expected to make a move for the midfielder, despite Liverpool reportedly turning down the Spanish outfits approaches in the summer.

Arsenal and Liverpool could make a surprise January move for AC Milan bad boy Mario Balotelli, the Daily Mail reports. Balotelli, who was suspended for Milan's win over Sampdoria on Saturday, has apparently had a few disagreements with players and coaches at Milan and could seek a move away in January. The figure that would lure the Italian is around £12 million. While it would be a great narrative for Balotelli to return to England so soon after leaving Manchester City, it's hard to see this one eventuating.

Wilfried Zaha is slowly finding himself on the outer at Manchester United and the youngster has had a loan move to Nottingham Forest rejected, the Sunday People says. Although David Moyes still believes Zaha isn't ready for Premier League football, he has prevented the 20-year-old from moving away from Old Trafford in search of regular football. Zaha was once again left out of the squad for United's defeat to West Brom on Saturday.


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