Brazil Ace Philippe Coutinho Completes £142m Transfer to Barcelona

Liverpool’s Brazilian Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona and Liverpool have agreed a monster £142m deal for the transfer of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona-based Sport newspaper said Coutinho would join Barca this month on a deal for five seasons, although it said the details of the deal were still to be finalised.

That figure would make Coutinho the second-most expensive player in world football, behind Neymar, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Speculation has been growing about a renewed bid of potentially £140million for Coutinho from Barcelona, who had three offers rejected - the last totalling £118m - in the summer.




A statement on Liverpool's official website reads: "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".

"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".

The 25-year-old former Inter Milan man has revitalized his career in England after failing to impress at his former club. Since the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season, Mahrez has scored 30 goals and assisted 21.

Spanish league leaders Barca broke their own transfer record to sign France forward Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August for a fee of 105 million euros ($A167 million) that could rise to 147 million euros ($A234 million).

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