Barcelona to sign Coutinho in £142m deal

Jan 07, 2018, 01:05

Multiple reports in both Spain and England suggest the two clubs have agreed a fee of £142 million (€160m, $192.7m), with Liverpool receiving £105m up-front and the rest in add-ons.

He has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Nou Camp.

That figure would make Coutinho the second-most expensive player in world football, behind Neymar, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Coutinho stayed behind on Merseyside while final negotiations were concluded as his Liverpool team-mates flew to Dubai for a mid-season break.

"In the next hours we will inform you of the details of the player's arrival and presentation".

Barcelona have confirmed a deal is in place for the big-money signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, the Brazil global set to move for a reported fee of £142million.

"Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen".

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It's unusual timing for the move as Coutinho can not play for Barcelona in the Champions League this season, having participated in the cup with Liverpool.

"Listen, Coutinho's a fantastic player, he will be a great player for them for sure".

"The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well".

The Brazil worldwide, now sidelined with a thigh injury, was among a number of first-team players - undisclosed by the club - who stayed behind on Merseyside.

Klopp said Coutinho "wanted this move to happen since July", when Barcelona first made its interest known.

Coutinho will not be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League since he has already featured in the competition with Liverpool in the group stage.

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