The future of Philippe Coutinho is azulgrana, after the official announcement of the recruitment of the Brazilian, who arrives from Liverpool to land in Barcelona at 120 million euros, which make him the third most expensive player in history.
After having spoken on Saturday of a "principle of agreement", the Catalan sports newspaper Sport confirmed the agreement for 120 million euros, plus another 40 in bonuses. In England, the Telegraph spoke of 142 million pounds, which at the change is about 160 million euros.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo also confirmed the agreement, in its case speaking of a contract for five and a half years, until 2023.
The Brazilian will fly to the Catalan capital on Saturday and will attend the Camp Nou on Sunday to watch the game of his new colleagues against Levante, before being presented on Monday.
After Neymar and MbappéThe 25-year-old Brazilian international climbed to the podium of the most expensive players in football history in third place, behind only the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé (to Paris SG after 180 million euros for Monaco) and also the Brazilian Neymar ( to Paris SG after 222 million euros to Barcelona). The signings of Neymar and Mbappé had occurred at the beginning of the current season.
The arrival of Coutinho should allow the club to finally pass the page of the trauma of the loss of Neymar, rejuvenating also an offensive line composed by Lionel Messi (30 years), Luis Suárez (soon 31) and Andres Iniesta (33).
"Coutinho is a great player like others who ask me at press conferences, I like to talk about what I have, when there is something new the club will announce," said coach Ernesto Valverde when asked about a possible arrival of the Brazilian.
With humor, he pointed out that he was not "a Wizard King" capable of bringing such gifts, alluding to the date of January 6, very traditional in Spain to make gifts.
The transfer of Coutinho is a long soap opera that already attracted interest in August, just after the departure of Neymar. Then, the Liverpool midfielder called on the Reds to let him go to Barça, but the economic pretensions of the English did not allow the operation.
32 times international with the Brazilian team, Coutinho then had a great start to the season in England. In his last seven matches of 2017 he scored six goals.
But in the last days the possible pass to the Barcelona was winning whole and Coutinho did not play in the first two parties of Liverpool in 2018, officially by an injury.
The newspaper Sport stressed that Coutinho had been firm in his intention not to return to wear the shirt of Liverpool, a club that reached in 2013 for 10 million euros and seems to be about to leave for Camp Nou.