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Barcelona have reportedly acquired Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for £148.5million (160m euros).
It was reported that Liverpool has finally agreed to sell the Brazilian superstar to Barcelona, but the announcement has been deferred until they have brought in a replacement for Coutinho.
If the speculations are true, the signing would be the end of a lengthy chase of the Spanish club to have the Brazilian on their squad. This would also make Coutinho the second most expensive transfer of all time following Neymar’s transfer to Paris Saint Germain.
Barca’s Robert Hernandez earlier said that they were in a talk to sign someone, but would not name the player. The club’s sporting director added that Barca is negotiating with someone with a possibility that he can arrive. He further said that the club hopes to present a new player and that everything will ends well.
“One could arrive or two could arrive. We are negotiating. My intention is that another player arrives and if possible two.”
A report states that owners of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group have told the Brazilian that he will be a Barca player by the end of the week. This was after he submitted a transfer request earlier this month via email. This was however dismissed almost instantly.
The English side have been meeting that the Brazilian would not be allowed to depart from Liverpool and any business done was not linked to his exit. But it now looks like their attempts to sign Thomas Lemar and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are part of their plan to replace the Brazilian International.
Monaco rejected their bid of £64.5m for Lemar and are yet to match the £40m bid made by Chelsea for Oxlade-Chamberlain. A report say that Liverpool have asked Barca to postpone the completion of the Brazilian’s move until they have acquired a new player.
The 25-year-old Coutinho is currently in Brazil for an international duty. He has been deemed fit to play in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Brazil. He was sidelined at Liverpool due to a back injury. It was however rumoured that his back injury is a result of an emotional stress.
Liverpool is currently sitting on second place, just two points below Premier League leader Manchester United.