Philippe Coutinho is reportedly joining Barcelona.
According to the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce and Neil Jones, Liverpool and Barcelona agreed to a fee for Coutinho, and the Brazilian star is flying to Spain to finalise a deal valued at €160 million (£142 million) as the Reds finally admit defeat. The transfer is apparently expected to be confirmed by Sunday, and the English club will receive £105 up front with the rest in performance-related add-ons.
Per the Guardian's Sid Lowe, £17 million would be payable for Coutinho's first 100 games at Barcelona, £4.4 million per 25 matches. Another £4.4 million will allegedly be paid for Champions League qualification in the first two seasons, with a £4.4-million bonus for winning the tournament. The playmaker reportedly agreed to a five-and-a-half-year deal worth £12.1 million per season.
The reported fee will make Coutinho the second most expensive footballer on the planet, behind Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a transfer worth €222 million.
Liverpool apparently rejected numerous bids from Barcelona in the summer, as the Reds maintained that the product of Vasco da Gama wasn't for sale. They allegedly stood firm when a transfer request was submitted the day before the beginning of the Premier League season, but the footballer's desire to join the Blaugrana never wavered, and the English club's position softened.
After the summer transfer window closed, Albert Soler, Barcelona's sporting director, said: "Yesterday at the last minute, after weeks of offers and conversations, Liverpool put a price on a player that we wanted. A price of €200 million and we decided not to do it. This club will not enter into this new w
Coutinho will reportedly attend Barcelona's La Liga game versus Levante UD on Sunday, and could make his debut when the Blaugrana and Celta Vigo play the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie on Sunday.
Coutinho tallied seven goals and six assists in the Premier League this season, and five goals and two assists in the Champions League.
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