OFFICIAL: Philippe Coutinho Joins FC Barcelona

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their second goal.

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Philippe Coutinho seems all set to become Barcelona’s most expensive signing, after a transfer saga that has been in the making since this summer seems all set to come to reality.

The Brazilian forward is believed to be currently traveling to Barcelona to complete the move, with an announcement either in the midnight or by Sunday morning seeming to be imminent.

The move is believed to be in the range of  €160 million in total, with €120 million to be paid upfront, and the €40 million fee to manifest itself in the form of performance-based add-ons.

A refusal on his part to join Liverpool’s training camp in Dubai was seen as a confirmation of his decision to part ways with the Merseyside club, with whom the playmaker has spent five years.

This would make the 25-year-old Barcelona’s most expensive player, and the world’s third most expensive transfer behind PSG starlets Neymar and Mbappe.

In addition to that, the transfer will also break Paul Pogba’s Premier League record of the most expensive transfer involving an English club.

All in all, the move will be a welcome relief for Barcelona’s plans, as the kind of talent and creativity that Coutinho will inject into the squad bound to uphold their stature as one of the best in the world.

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Written by Naveen Kelvin  

A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.

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