NPL Sports, 7th January : Brazilian Midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona from Liverpool, finally confirmed sign for a fee of £142m. According to the news of DailyStar’s website “Liverpool Football Club today issued the following statement regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho.
“Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms.
“The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”
The Brazil international has been a top target for the Catalans. Ernesto Valverde bid repeatedly for the midfield maestro in the summer.
However, Jurgen Klopp dug his heels in and refused to part with the former Inter Milan ace. Despite Liverpool’s reluctance to sell, a mega-money £142m transfer has now been finalised.
Barcelona have announced that Coutinho’s deal will run for five-and-a-half years. His buy-out clause is an eye-watering £354m. A Barcelona statement said: “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.”