Barcelona have announced the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a fee that could reach £142m. The Brazil international flew out on Saturday night and is expected to be at Barcelona’s match with Levante on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old did not join his Liverpool team-mates as they flew to Dubai on Saturday for a break and has been adamant that he did not wish to play again for the Anfield club.
In a statement on their website, Liverpool said: “Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately.”