Friday, 21 September, 2018

Philippe Coutinho Misses Liverpool Trip As Barcelona Talk Grows

Thomas Lemar GETTY Thomas Lemar is Liverpool's top target to replace Philippe Coutinho
Cassandra Gardner | 07 January, 2018, 01:04

The Reds are expected to receive £105m up front - a British record - for the 25-year-old Brazil worldwide, with the rest in realistic add-ons.

He has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Nou Camp.

Spanish side Barcelona have finally completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, parting ways with the sum of £142m to get the Brazilian magician on their books.

The final deal will be eclipsed only by the £200m Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer, and the £165.7m Kylian Mbappe will cost PSG at the end of his initial loan spell from Monaco.

Like City with Mahrez, Liverpool managed to hold on to Coutinho in the summer but Barcelona are expected to return with an improved offer this month to lure the playmaker away from Merseyside.

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Meanwhile, Inter Milan will miss out on a huge financial windfall as they did not insert a sell-on clause when they sold Coutinho to Liverpool in January 2013, a source told ESPN FC in August.

"I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future - and that of his family - belongs at Barcelona".

The Brazil worldwide, now sidelined with a thigh injury, was among a number of first-team players - undisclosed by the club - who stayed behind on Merseyside.

While Coutinho will soon turn out for Barca in La Liga, he will not be able to represent them in the Champions League for the remainder of the season, having already played in the competition for Liverpool.

Klopp said Coutinho "wanted this move to happen since July", when Barcelona first made its interest known.

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