Only confirmed a few minutes ago, Brazilian international playmaker Philippe Coutinho has finally made the switch from English Premier League side Liverpool FC to LaLiga’s Catalan giants FC Barcelona.
The transfer fee for 25 year old Philippe Coutinho is expected to be in the region of 120 million Euros, which could grow to as much as 160 million Euros with bonus and add on payments.
Philippe Coutinho has signed a five and a half year contract until summer 2023 and his exit clause has been set at 400 million Euros.
FC Barcelona have been in pursuit of Philippe Coutinho since last summer, but then Liverpool FC had blocked by transfer of their playmaker who was part of the Reds Fab Four alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Born on June 12, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Phillipe Coutinho is one of the most talented midfielders in the world with the potential to get even better. Coutinho began his footballing journey in his home town with Vasco de Gama. At the age of just 18 he moved to Europe at Serie A giants Inter Milan with whom he would go to make his UEFA Champions League debut.
After two and half seasons in Milan and six months in Barcelona with Espanyol, Coutinho made the move to the Premier League when he signed for Liverpool FC in January 2013. With the five times European Champions, the Brazilian quickly established himself as a key player at the club.
The Brazilian is a versatile presence in the squad as his technical ability and vision. His attacking instincts also mean that he is equally at home in a more advanced role on the wing. Coutinho is quick and always willing to take on defenders and his nose for goal is undeniable as he scored 13 times for Liverpool last season.
A Brazilian international since his debut in 2010, he played in the Copa América in 2015 and 2016 for his country as well as playing a vital part in helping the Selecao qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.