Liverpool have reportedly agreed a €160million deal with Barcelona for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho today, thereby ending his five year association with the Merseyside club.
Barcelona’s offer of a base price of €120 million with €40 million of performance based add ons has been reported to be deemed acceptable by the Liverpool board and the transfer could be officially announced by both the clubs today itself.
This apparently brings to an end the biggest transfer saga of the summer transfer window, when Barcelona failed to persuade Liverpool to part with their talismanic midfielder with three huge bids being turned down even though the player had his heart set on a move to Camp Nou. However, Barcelona seems to have finally got their man.
At €160 million pounds, Phillippe Coutinho thus beomes the most expensive British transfer of all time, breaking the record set by Manchester United when they signed Paul Pogba from Juventus. Coutinho has also become Barcelona’s most expensive transfer, surpassing the €133 million deal for Ousmane Dembele.
The protracted transfer saga could have seen an ugly chain of events but for the immense professionalism shown by the Brazilian maestro. Still, given Coutinho’s desire to move to Camp Nou and the fact that Jurgen Klopp still has the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as his attacking options, this deal has been for the best of both clubs as well as for the player.
We at What’s The Hype wish Philippe Coutinho all the very best for this new chapter in his career.