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Spanish Papers: Arsenal star is back-up to Coutinho

Good Morning and welcome to our brief round-up of the morning papers in Spain, which feature Barcelona’s interest in Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Barca’s long term interest in Liverpool play maker Philippe Coutinho seems to change week-by-week at the moment.

Whilst claims in Catalan media said a deal for the Brazilian to move to the Camp Nou was all-but complete; Liverpool have held firm over their reluctance to sell and English media have countered the claims.

Ernesto Valverde is keen to bring in an alternative and long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta and if he fails to sign Coutinho; then a move Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is reportedly on the cards.

Marca focus their attention on the Madrid derby and centres around Lucas and Theo Hernandez, who will be on either side for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also mentioned, claiming he would love to win the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time and Koke mentions his trust in Antoine Griezmann, who has not scored a La Liga goal since September.

Finally, AS focus on the above, picking up on comments regarding Zinedine Zidane, who is backing Ronaldo to bounce back following his poor form.

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