Liverpool, Barcelona Announce Coutinho Deal
Barcelona have announced the imminent arrival of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. In a statement on the La Liga side’s website on Saturday evening Barca said that Coutinho will sign a five-and-a-half year deal with a release fee of €400million.
“We will shortly inform you of the details of the player’s arrival and presentation,” the statement said.
Liverpool have also released a statement announcing Coutinho’s exit.
“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.”
“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 per cent 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.
“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.
The transfer fee is a club-record £142million. Reports from Spain speak of a deal worth an initial €120million (£106.4million) with €40million (£35.5million at current exchange rates) in add-ons and bonuses.
The deal brings to an end a transfer that dogged the Reds during the summer. Coutinho tried to force through a move to the Nou Camp and lodged a written transfer request. But Liverpool stood firm and insisted the Brazilian would not be leaving.
Coutinho will double his wages at Barcelona picking up £400,000 a week against the £200,000 a week he was earning at Anfield.
The forward wasn’t part of the Liverpool side that defeated Everton in an FA Cup 3rd Round tie on Friday. The squad left Merseyside immediately after the game for Dubai with out him.