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Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

The 25-year-old is due to fly out to Spain on Saturday evening to finalise the move with £105 million of the fee expected to be an up front payment, the remainder following in realistic add-ons.

"The player will sign a contract for the rest of the season and five more and will have a release clause of 400 million euros". Liverpool were keen that the current La Liga leaders beat that price and make Coutinho the most expensive player in the club's history while making him the the third most expensive in the world, behind Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar (£198m) and Kylian Mbappe (£166m).

It's odd timing for the move as Coutinho can not play for Barcelona in the Champions League this season, having participated in the cup with Liverpool.

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.

Liverpool signed Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013.

With Philippe Coutinho set for a move to Barcelona in the coming weeks, one Liverpool legend has named the player he wants to see come in as a replacement.

Philippe Coutinho has got a decision to make...

Though, that doesn't mean that he was going to stay forever and it looks as though his days at the club are now numbered.

"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 Coutinho".

According to Spanish publication Sport, the negotiations are at an advanced stage with the player's lawyers now in Barcelona looking over the contract on offer, while another entourage of the player along with the Catalan club's representatives are said to be in Merseyside negotiating the terms of the deal.

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


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