Phillipe Coutinho will be joining Barcelona after a long wait with a deal of £142m which was agreed with Liverpool on Saturday. He took part in a photo session at the Nou Camp after Barcelona's 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday.
Phillipe Coutinho will officially sign his contract at 11:30 GMT on Monday before being presented to the public. He posted a video on Twitter saying, “Hi Barca fans, I am already here, it is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow.” In an interview with BarcaTV, Coutinho added he was excited to be soon playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. “It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history,” he said. “Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets. “I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”
The playmaker will be signing a five-and-half year deal and will have a buyout clause of 400m euros (£355m). It is one of the most expensive transfers of all time, 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.