Brazilian international, Phillippe Coutinho has finally sealed his long-drawn move to Barcelona for a club-record £146m. The 25-year-old player had long the subject of interest from the Spanish league leaders, who viewed him as the long term replacement for club legend, Andres Iniesta.
The former Liverpool star underwent a medical early on Monday ahead of the official confirmation of the move, but it was revealed that he has a thigh injury that will see him out of action for around 3 weeks.
After the medical, he went to the Camp Nou where he joined club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu to sign a five-and-a-half year contract until the summer of 2023. Sky Sports report that Inter Milan didn’t have a significant sell-on clause in the deal that saw him swap San Siro for Anfield back in 2013.
The classy midfielder was expected to join The Blaugrana in the summer, but a deal fell through as both clubs couldn’t agree on a transfer fee.
Barcelona submitted a huge £113m.offer which The Reds rejected with Coutinho taking laws into his own hands by submitting a transfer request. The player had never hidden his intention of playing for Barcelona, as he says it has been a childhood dream to play for them having grown up idolizing Ronaldinho.
Speaking after he put pen to paper, he said, “I want to thank the president and all those who have made possible the signing.” I am very happy, it is a dream come true and I hope to meet all expectations in the field.” Coutinho is a supremely gifted midfielder known for his passing, vision and shooting. He joined Liverpool in January 2013, scoring 54 goals in 201 appearances.