The Nice midfielder was one of a number of players the Nou Camp giants had looked at in the wake of the world record £198million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca had agreed terms with the Ligue 1 side over Seri’s transfer, but the move suddenly fell through — reportedly so they could concentrate full throttle on a deal for Philippe Coutinho. And, as neither of the two arrived, Sport insist the Catalans will renew their interest in the “new Xavi” once the winter window opens in January. Barcelona were ready to break the bank in order to secure the services of Coutinho. But Liverpool stayed firm and refused to part their their No 1 asset. A deal for Angel Di Maria made sense given he would complement the current attack perfectly in the absence of Neymar — and the Brazilian’s arrival at the Parce des Princes was thought to bring his price down.