FC Barcelona did not waste time, and are only details away from reaching a deal to sign the replacement of Neymar.
According to ESPN Deportes‘ Jordi Blanco, Barcelona have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Philippe Coutinho. The moves comes after the Brazil international decided to put pressure on Liverpool in order to force his switch from Anfield Road to Camp Nou.
The numbers are staggering. Coutinho will join Los Blaugranas for a base fee of €90 million (£81.6m), but there are several bonuses that could bring the deal to €120m (£108.8m). Money is not an issue for Barca anymore as they received €222m from Paris Saint-Germain in the deal that sent Neymar to Paris last week.
Liverpool did not want to sell their star player and even rejected an €80 million offer from Barca earlier, but Coutinho explained Jurgen Klöpp he wanted to leave the club, and apparently The Reds have granted the Brazilian his wish.
A delegation from Barcelona headed up by chief executive Oscar Grau travelled to Liverpool on Monday night to finalise the negotiation, sources said. So all signs indicate Coutinho is set to become a Barca player in the coming hours, making him potentially available for the Liga opener against Real Betis on August 20.
In four-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, Coutinho made 182 appearances and scored 42 goals, becoming a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s team. He will be reunited with former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez at Barcelona, and is expected to form a deadly trio next to the Uruguayan and Lionel Messi.