Philippe Coutinho has agreed to join Spanish giants Barcelona at the Camp Nou for a £142 million worth of deal.
The 25-year-old Brazilian footballer officially signed his five-and-a-half year contract on Monday before being presented to the public.
Coutinho’s arrival in Barcelona has become one of the most expensive transfers of all time, 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.
In a posted video on Twitter, the former Liverpool star said, “Hi Barca fans, I am already here, it is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow.”
Later, in an interview with BarcaTV, Coutinho added he was excited to be soon playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
“It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history,” he said.
“Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets.
“I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”
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