Philippe Coutinho completed his move to Catalan giants Barcelona this afternoon after passing a medical ahead of signing a five-year contract with the La Liga leaders, who set a buy-out clause of €400m for the player.
Barcelona reached an agreement with Liverpool on Saturday over a fee that is expected to rise to £145m in add-ons, for the Brazilian magician.
Having completed the move, the former Inter Milan and Vasco da Gama midfielder becomes the second most-expensive transfer of all time, following the sale of Coutinho’s Brazilian international teammate Neymar, who left the Camp Nou to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer for £200m.
Coutinho thanked club President Josep Maria Bartomeu and said that the move was a dream come true. “I want to thank the president and everyone who has made it possible. I am very happy, it’s a dream come true and I hope to be up to the job on the field.”
In an interview with Barça TV, the Brazilian also spoke of his delight to be playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and former teammate Luis Suárez, who he referred to as his idols. “It is incredible to know I will be around idols, with players who have such a great history like Leo, Luis, Iniesta, Piqué, Busquets… all the great players. I am very happy to know I will be playing with them and I hope to be able to learn, live and win together.”
However, before signing the contract, Coutinho underwent a medical, which found that the Brazilian midfielder is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks as a result of a thigh-injury in his right leg.
Coutinho scored 54 goals and grabbed 46 assists in 201 appearances for Liverpool, contributing to 79 Premier League goals in 152 league appearances.