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07 Jan 2018

Barcelona sign Coutinho from Liverpool in a record deal

Barcelona sign Coutinho in a record deal

Barcelona have finally got their man, Philippe Coutinho after agreeing to pay 160 million euros fee to Liverpool for the transfer of the Brazilian star.

The 25-year-old, who is currently one of the finest players in Europe, has a release clause of 400 million euros and the deal is said to be the third most expensive transfer of all time.

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Barcelona sign Coutinho in a record deal
Catalan giants fork out 160 million euros for the Brazilian

Big money move

Catalan giants fork out 160 million euros for the Brazilian

This is the biggest ever sale by a British club and the fee is also the highest ever paid by a Spanish club.

It is the third highest transfer in the history of football, after Paris Saint-Germain forked out a world record €222 million to lure Neymar from Barcelona and €180 million to secure the services of French wonder boy Kylian Mbappe.

Liverpool finally let go of Coutinho

"It is with great reluctance that we prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho. It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July" Jurgen Klopp said

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Necessity or luxury?

Was Coutinho a necessity for Barcelona?

Barcelona haven't really been able to cope up after losing Neymar last year to PSG.

The Catalans will be hoping Coutinho will fill that void.

Barcelona's core of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta are in their thirties and have already started showing signs of fatigue this season.

Young Coutinho is expected to lighten that burden.

Coutinho fulfils dream Barca move

Destined for Barcelona

Coutinho fulfils dream Barca move

Philippe Coutinho arrived at Anfield in January 2013 from Inter Milan for just £8.5 million.

Since then, he has gone on to score 54 goals for Liverpool and was arguably their best player.

25-year-old Coutinho ended his five-year stay with Liverpool with no silverware.

He will definitely be missed in the English Premier League.

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