BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
FC Barcelona have announced signing Philippe Countinho for £142 million from Liverpool.
Both clubs have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian who will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and five more, and will have a buyout clause of 400 million euros.
Barcelona will shortly inform release the details of the player’s arrival and presentation.
The midfielder arrives at Camp Nou after demonstrating his class as a player with Liverpool and the Brazilian national side. Born on 12 June, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coutinho is one of the most talented midfielders in the world with the potential to get even better.
Coutinho began his footballing journey in his home town with Vasco de Gama. At the age of just 18 he moved to Europe to begin a new stage of his career at Serie A giants Inter Milan with whom he would go to make his Champions League debut.
After two and half seasons in Milan and six months in Barcelona with the city’s other club Espanyol, Coutinho made the move to the Premier League when he signed for Liverpool in January 2013. With the five times European Champions, the Brazilian quickly established himself as a key player at the club.
He is a versatile presence in the squad as his technical ability and vision allow him to play in midfield. His attacking instincts also mean that he is equally at home in a more advanced role on the wing. Coutinho is quick and always willing to take on defenders and his nose for goal is undeniable as he scored 13 times for Liverpool last season.
He made his Brazil since 2010, and played in the Copa América in 2015 and 2016 for his country as well as playing a vital part in helping the ‘canarinha’ qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Liverpool have profited immensely from the sale of star players over the years as illustrated below.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO signed for £8.5m–Sold to Barcelona for £142m.
LUIS SUAREZ signed for £23m–Sold to Barcelona for £65m.
RAHEEM STERLING signed for £600k–💰 Sold to Manchester City for £44m.