Philippe Coutinho completes £142m Barcelona move
Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has moved to Barcelona after the clubs agreed terms on a £142m deal.
The Reds will receive £105m up front, with the remainder of the fee in add-ons and the Brazilian international has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.
“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters.
“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.
“The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho.
“The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well.”
Coutinho joined Liverpool for a fee of £8.5m from Inter Milan in January 2013 and scored 54 goals in 202 appearances.