Barcelona are prepared to launch a bid for Chelsea winger Willian should they fail to land Philippe Coutinho in January, according to reports.

The La Liga giants' protracted interest in Coutinho resulted in them tabling three offers in the summer — all of which were knocked back by Liverpool.

Ernesto Valverde's side, however, have not been deterred and were given a boost when Coutinho handed in a transfer request.

They will return to the prospect of signing the Brazilian in January. But should they fail again, Barca's top brass have, according to Goal, earmarked Coutinho's compatriot as Plan B.