BREAKING GIST: Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona from Liverpool
Barcelona have confirmed a deal is in place for the big-money signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, the Brazil international set to move for a reported fee of £142million.
Barcelona have completed a deal to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The LaLiga leaders have paid a fee potentially rising to €160m, with the enormous fee set to make him the most expensive player in the history of Spanish football, after Neymar and will also be the highest amount ever received by an English club.
After failing with bids for the Brazilian in the summer, the Catalan club have managed to get a deal done during the January transfer window.
Coutinho has signed a contract with Barcelona until 2023.
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Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter in January 2013, was the subject of significant interest from Barca in the previous transfer window, but a move to Camp Nou failed to materialise as Liverpool rejected multiple bids and the playmaker’s transfer request.
During his five years at Anfield, Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 appearances. Back in the summer, the 25-year-old handed in a transfer request at Anfield but was unable to force through a move to Camp Nou.
Barca’s new signing agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal and will add further attacking threat to a side already boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.
Now he has got his wish and while he will not feature against Levante on Sunday, he should be eligible for his Barcelona debut against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
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