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Coutinho transfer imminent after Liverpool agree £142m fee

Liverpool have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Barcelona that will see Philippe Coutinho complete a £142m transfer to the Nou Camp this weekend.

The Premier League club have announced that they have finally come to an agreement with the La Liga leaders, with only the subsequent personal terms and medical checks to be completed.

It is thought that the Brazilian will fly to Spain to complete the formalities with a deal set to be concluded on Sunday, before starting training with his new team mates on Monday morning.

A statement released by Liverpool said:

“Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms.

“The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”

The deal, which is thought to be worth a total of €160m will see Coutinho become the third most expensive player of all time, only behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe who moved to PSG last summer. The fee is also the highest fee ever received by an English club, eclipsing the £86m Spurs received for Gareth Bale.

Speculation earlier this week has suggested that Coutinho has already selected his shirt number at Barcelona. He will sign a five-and-a-half year deal with a £355m (€400m) buyout clause.

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