The La Liga giants have finally got their man with confirmed reports from Spain stating that Barcelona have agreed to bring Coutinho to the Camp Nou in a deal worth €160 million.
By SportBrief Reporter
Philippe Coutinho will become Barcelona’s most expensive signing after a deal worth €160 million was agreed with Liverpool, which is the new British transfer record.
Barcelona’s interest in the Liverpool player was well documented throughout the summer transfer window, with the Merseyside club unwilling to part ways with their star player. However, Coutinho’s refusal to sign a new deal with the club since then made them soften their stance paving way for the deal to be concluded.
La Liga’s leaders will part with €120m as a guaranteed base fee, with another €40m in performance and appearance-related add-ons that are expected to be triggered.
That deal sees the 25-year-old move ahead of Ousmane Dembele as Barca’s highest-cost recruit, also surpassing Paul Pogba as the biggest player trade involving an English club.
Although Liverpool were desperate to keep hold of their star player, they ultimately failed to convince Coutinho, who did not travel with the squad to a warm-weather camp in Dubai, to remain on Merseyside until the end of the season at the very least.
The Brazillian now ranks in as the third most expensive footballer in the world, behind only Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.