Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona for £150 million

Barcelona have finally signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a record £150 million.

The Brazilian’s transfer was announced earlier today after his medical ad he signed a five-and-half years deal.

Coutinho had been fighting to join the Catalans since last summer and even submitted a transfer request to make things easy, but Liverpool held firm in their decision not to sell.

Liverpool were keen to keep hold of the Brazilian beyond this month, they even made a last-ditch attempt to make him captain and offered him a new deal.

But he was insistent that his future and that of his family was away in Barcelona.

The Reds had no choice but to grant him his wish.

The attacking midfielder joined Liverpool for just £8.5 million in the winter of 2013 and leaves them with no trophies after 5 years.

The £150 million transfer fee is a new British record and makes Coutinho the second most expensive player in history behind his compatriot, Neymar.

To avoid a situation like that of Neymar, Barcelona have inserted a release clause of £355 million into his deal.

The Red’s have begun looking at alternatives with Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City and Thomas Lemar of AS Monaco their top targets.

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