The most awaited transfer which was in the headlines from the beginning of the season is finally here as Philippe Coutinho signs for FC Barcelona.
The Brazillian ends a five-year journey at Enfield and finally set to step on the Camp Nou. After rejecting three bids by Spanish giants Liverpool finally agreed to a transfer fee of 140m Euros for Philippe Coutinho.
La Liga’s leaders will part with €120m as a guaranteed base fee, with another €40m in performance and appearance-related add-ons that are expected to be triggered.
Liverpool was definitive in their stance that Coutinho was not for sale at any price in the summer, rejecting his transfer request in the process, but with their No.10 maintaining his desire to depart and Barca finally tabling an acceptable package for his services, Jurgen Klopp agreed to sanction his sale.
“Philippe has made a fantastic contribution to this club over his five years of service and as disappointed as we are he doesn’t want to extend that, the relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The transfer of Philippe Coutinho is third most expensive transfer following the transfer of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr both to Paris.
• NEYMAR JR -€222m (Paris)
• KYLIAN MBAPPE -€180m (Paris)
• PHILIPPE COUTINHO -€160m (Barcelona)
• OUSMANE DEMBELE -€105m (Barcelona)
• PAUL POGBA -€105m (Man Utd)
The Brazilian made 201 appearances and scored 54 goals for Liverpool after signing in January 2013 from Inter Milan for just £8.5m.