Barcelona has acquired midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. Reportedly, Liverpool agreed to let go of Philippe in a £142 million deal with Barcelona. Part of the transfer fee of £120 million will be received by Liverpool up-front while rest of it will be depended on performance.
With this deal, Coutinho is set to become the second most expensive football player in pounds and euros while it is third in U.S. dollars at $142m. Coutinho will be signing a five-year contract with Barcelona with £400 million buyout clause. Liverpool before closing on a deal with Barcelona already rejected three such offers for Coutinho with highest of them was £118m.
Thigh injury kept him away from the action for quite some time and he was not part of the team that left for Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.
In a statement to Liverpool FC, manager Klopp said, “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,”
“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.
“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.
“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 percent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona.
“It is his dream, and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”
Coutinho scored 41 goals for Liverpool in Premier League and his 35 assists are sixth. Luis Suarez would be happy to see his former teammate in Barcelona side.
Barcelona will be facing Chelsea in February. But Coutinho will not be playing the match since he has already appeared in a group stage match for Liverpool.
Coutinho made his debut for Brazil in 2010 and has played for World Cup qualifier matches for his country.