The worst-kept secret in the world football in the last six months is now out. Philippe Coutinho will finally complete his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a fee that could rise to £142million with add-ons and clauses.
Liverpool confirmed the transfer on their official website with a statement that read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”
The transfer fee will reportedly be £105million up front, with the rest of the fee made up in add-ons. The Reds will feel the deal makes financial sense, as the Brazilian playmaker cost the Merseysiders just £8.5million from Internazionale back in 2013.
Coutinho was desperate to make the move to the Catalan giants after the La Liga originally showed interest in the former Inter star last summer. However, Liverpool were not prepared to let Coutinho leave and hoped to persuade him to stay.
After the deal was announced Reds boss Jurgen Klopp announced that the club did all they could to persuade the Brazilian international to stay on Merseyside.
Coutinho had hit top form this season in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and also producing seven assists. However, last season was his best when it came to top-flight goals and assists, as he scored 13 times, while also producing eight goals for his teammates.
The 25-year-old will be hard to replace. However, it seems that Liverpool will not be approaching Leicester City about the services of winger Riyad Mahrez according to Sky Sports.
The Reds had been heavily linked with a move for the Algerian international in the current transfer window. However, it seems the former Le Havre star will not be joining the Reds this month.
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