Coutinho completes Barcelona move


Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has completed his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona.

The twenty-five year old has put pen to paper on a five and a half year contract with the La Liga leaders after a deal worth around £145m was agreed.

And the former Inter Milan player has expressed his delight at being able to complete what he described as a “dream” move.

“I want to thank the president and everyone who has made it possible.” he said.

“I am very happy, it’s a dream come true and I hope to be up to the job on the field.” he added.

Coutinho is reported to have paid over £10m of his own money to help get the deal done after tight negotiations between the two clubs – as indicated by Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre.

“Philippe, welcome. We know that you have made a personal and economic effort.” he said.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was pleased to get the deal done for their long-term target after seeing a series of bids rejected last Summer.

“We knew it was not going to be easy to get him here.” he said.

“We’ve been talking and working for months on this, but one of the important aspects was he wanted to come here.

“He helped make an effort, and he was patient, and that was been key in him coming here.

“I also want to thank Liverpool, one of Europe’s biggest clubs, for allowing him to leave and come here.” he finished.

Mestre also indicated that Liverpool reduced the asking price to enable to deal to be completed.

“There was an important reduction in the cost of this transfer. We can’t go into the number.” he said.

Reports claimed that Real Madrid made a late bid worth £177m to gazump their rivals, but Coutinho had his heart set on joining the Catalan club.

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