Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho for a fee of £142m.
Coutinho, 25, will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and five more, and will have a buyout clause of 400 million euros.
A statement on the Liverpool website read: “Liverpool Football Club today issued the following statement regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho.
“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.”
Meanwhile Barcelona confirmed the signing on Twitter with a video of a locker room which reveals Coutinho’s shirt when a locker door is opened.
Bem-vindo! Welcome! Benvingut! ¡Bienvenido!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2018
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Coutinho was ‘insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates’ on being allowed to leave for Barcelona.
‘It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,’ Klopp said.
‘Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.
‘Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.
‘I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.’
Liverpool are expected to receive £105m up front – a British record – for the 25-year-old Brazil international, with the rest in realistic add-ons.
The final deal will be 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.