Real Madrid are hoping to jump ahead of Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho, Mundo Deportivo says.

After seeing their push to sign the Brazil international fail during the summer transfer window, Barca are set to return for the wantaway star in January. However, Madrid have emerged as a possible destination and have made contact with the Reds.

Zinedine Zidane's side will look to bring him to the Spanish capital in June instead of the next transfer window, meaning they need the Reds to snub any bids from Catalonia at the turn of the year.

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