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Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona head coach, has hailed new signing Philippe Coutinho, saying the Brazil global "can bring us a lot of things" to the Spanish club.

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.

In what is the second most expensive transfer ever after another Brazilian footballer Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 120 million euros is to be paid up front with another 40 million performance-related.

Valverde is confident Coutinho, who arrived at Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013, will prove a valuable addition to his star-studded squad.

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He stayed behind on Merseyside while final negotiations were concluded as his Liverpool team-mates flew to Dubai for a mid-season break.

Liverpool rejected three Barca bids and a transfer request from the player during the summer transfer window.

"The offer - which applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC website - follows today's announcement that Coutinho will join FC Barcelona and reflects the exceptional circumstances behind the player's departure".

Coutinho has been reported to be carrying a thigh injury which could yet delay his Barcelona debut, which had been expected against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey tie on Thursday. "The player will sign a contract for the rest of the season and five more years with a release clause of €400 million", said a Barcelona statement.


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