Philippe Coutinho, new FC Barcelona player
Barcelona have signed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in a club-record transfer.
Mirror Football understands that the Reds have settled on an agreement for the Brazilian for an initial fee of €120million (£106.4m), with a further €40m (£35.5m) in add-ons.
It is the second-most expensive transfer of all-time, trailing the £198million PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer – and it is the most money ever received by an English club.
Coutinho will pen a five-year deal, with the Catalan giants likely to give him an extension in the summer to ensure his deal does not run out mid-season.
The 25-year-old was a notable absentee as Jurgen Klopp’s side jet off to Dubai for a mid-season break. He will instead fly out to Barcelona to wrap up his dream move.
Coutinho was absent for the Merseyside derby in Friday evening, with the Reds beating Everton 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Brazilian is set to be unveiled later this evening, the player’s representatives believe, with Barcelona set to unveil Coutinho early next week.
Ernesto Valverde’s side play in La Liga on Sunday vs Levante, but a debut could come either Thursday in the Copa del Rey vs Celta Vigo or the following Sunday at Real Sociedad.ters)
Coutinho tried to force through a move to Barcelona over the summer by handing in a transfer request to Liverpool.
However, the Reds held firm in their insistence he would not be sold, rejecting all offers from the Catalan giants.
Despite his desire for the switch to the Nou Camp, Coutinho has impressed for Liverpool this season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. Here is a roll call of football’s expensive transfer of all time
Neymar (Barcelona to PSG, £198m – 2017)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona, £142m – 2018)
Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, £97m – 2017)
Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, £89m – 2016)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid, £86m – 2013)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80m – 2009)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus, £75.3m – 2016)
Neymar (Santos to Barcelona, £71.5m – 2013)
FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.
The player will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and five more, and will have a buyout clause of 400 million euros.
The midfielder arrives at FC Barcelona after demonstrating his class as a player with Liverpool and the Brazilian national side.
Born on 12 June, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Phillipe Coutinho is one of the most talented midfielders in the world with the potential to get even better.
The Brazilian has shown his talent and class at the highest level with Premier League club Liverpool and with the Brazilian national side.
Coutinho began his footballing journey in his home town with Vasco de Gama. At the age of just 18 he moved to Europe to begin a new stage of his career at Serie A giants Inter Milan with whom he would go to make his Champions League debut.
After two and half seasons in Milan and six months in Barcelona with the city’s other club Espanyol, Coutinho made the move to the Premier League when he signed for Liverpool in January 2013. With the five times European Champions, the Brazilian quickly established himself as a key player at the club.
A versatile attacking force
The Brazilian is a versatile presence in the squad as his technical ability and vision allow him to play in midfield.
His attacking instincts also mean that he is equally at home in a more advanced role on the wing. Coutinho is quick and always willing to take on defenders and his nose for goal is undeniable as he scored 13 times for Liverpool last season.
A Brazilian international since his debut in 2010, he played in the Copa América in 2015 and 2016 for his country as well as playing a vital part in helping the ‘canarinha’ qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.