Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona

667, Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has finally sealed his move to Barcelona in a £145million transfer from Liverpool.

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The Brazilian playmaker has travelled to Spain from London on Saturday evening to put the finishing touches to the deal.

Coutinho has a 400million euro (£355m) release clause in his five-and-a-half year Barcelona contract.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Coutinho was ‘insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates’ on being allowed to leave for Barcelona.

‘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 Philippe Coutinho. It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,’ Klopp said.

Barcelona confirmed the deal with a video showing Coutinho’s shirt hanging in a locker next to his new team-mates, before later sharing another unveiling clip of them following him on Twitter and Instagram.

It is the second most expensive transfer of all-time, behind his compatriot Neymar, who left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in a £198m move last summer.

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