7th December, 2018
The long wait for the F.C. Barcelona fans to see Phillipe Coutinho join their darling team is finally over as the Catalonian giants have finally secured the services of the mercurial Brazillian mid-fielder after agreeing transfer terms with his now former team – F.C. Liverpool.
Both teams agreed on a transfer fee of about 142 million pounds ($244 million). His new buyout clause has now been set at 400 million euros.
F.C. Barcelona has meanwhile announced that Phillipe Coutinho would sign a contract for the rest of the on-going season and five more seasons. He still needs to finalise personal terms and pass a medical examination.
Liverpool F.C. had earlier on rejected three bids from Barcelona for Coutinho in August with the hope of convincing him to stay beyond this season. He was even made to captain the team in recent games all in a bid to make to decide to stay at the club but to no avail.
Phillipe Coutinho is now the second highly rated player to be captured by F.C Barcelona as the Spanish league leaders had earlier on broken their own transfer record to secure the services of France forward Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August for a fee of 105 million euros ($160 million) that could rise to 147 million euros ($225 million).