Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona to sign Liverpool and Brazil midfielder in £142m deal

Barcelona will sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in a £142m deal, one of the most expensive transfers of all time.

The Reds are expected to receive £105m up front – a British record – for the 25-year-old Brazil international, with the rest in realistic add-ons.

The playmaker will sign a five-and-half year deal at the Nou Camp and will have a buyout clause of 400m euros (£355m).

He joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013,

The final deal will be eclipsed only by the £200m Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer, and the £165.7m Kylian Mbappe will cost PSG at the end of his initial loan spell from Monaco.

Coutinho stayed behind on Merseyside while final negotiations were concluded as his Liverpool team-mates flew to Dubai for a mid-season break.

“In the next hours we will inform you of the details of the player’s arrival and presentation,” the Spanish club said in a statement.

Liverpool rejected three Barca bids and a transfer request from the player during the summer transfer window.

The last of Barcelona’s three bids was £118m – which included add-ons totalling in excess of £30m based on Coutinho winning the Ballon d’Or and other built-in clauses.

Coutinho only signed a new five-year deal, which did not include a release clause, with the Anfield club in January.

He has a minor thigh injury and missed the club’s past two games, including Friday’s FA Cup third-round win against Everton.

Coutinho will not be eligible to play for Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus, having already played a key role in Liverpool’s qualification for the knockout phase.

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