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Liverpool, Barcelona Agree €160m for Coutinho

13 January 2018, 12:45 | Stacy Ballard

Coutinho departs Anfield as the second-most expensive player in history

Coutinho departs Anfield as the second-most expensive player in history

Ivan Rakitic could be facing a move away from Barcelona in the wake of the £145million purchase of Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Brazilian playmaker passed a medical on Monday during which Barcelona doctors analysed the injury that kept him out of Liverpool's Premier League win over Burnley on January 1.

The Brazilian, 25, signed a five-and-a-half-year contract alongside president Josep Maria Bartomeu, before performing keepy-uppies in front of supporters.

"Coutinho has an injury in his right thigh".

'I think he can bring a lot to the team, ' manager Ernesto Valverde said of Coutinho. "He will be out for 20 days", Barcelona said in a statement, meaning he is likely to make his debut in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on February 4.

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Diario Gol link the 29-year-old with Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Juventus, who are all looking at midfielders to move for next summer.

"We had a good season [at Liverpool], nearly winning the Premier League. they were good moments. Unfortunately we couldn't win, but I lived five years, my family was very happy there, so I would like to thank them and wish them all the best".

The news will be poorly received on Merseyside, where fans were assured the Premier League club had tried to keep hold of their star.

"Many, many times, I have dreamed of scoring my first goal, important goals", added Coutinho.

He added that he wasn't at Barca to replace global colleague Neymar: "Me and Neymar are different players. My job is to work hard to be available".



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