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New year delight: FC Barcelona agree to sign Philippe Coutinho for 133 Million Pounds

The Brazilian playmaker is set to make a switch to Camp Nou next month in the new year after his representatives thrashed out terms with the Catalan giants.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Published on: December 21, 2017 19:13 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Philippe Coutinho.

FC Barcelona will look to start their new year with another club record signing as Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho might be heading to the promised land at Camp Nou that he so desired to do at the start of the summer transfer window this season. According to Spanish media outlets, FC Barcelona have reportedly agreed a 133 Million Pound deal to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. As media reports suggest, the midfielder has put pen to paper on a contract which would see the Brazilian star earn around 10.6 million a season over the course of five-years.

The Brazilian playmaker is set to make a switch to Camp Nou next month in the new year after his representatives thrashed out terms with the Catalan giants, as media reports suggest. 

Barcelona had submitted in three-bids in the summer transfer window but were all rejected by the Liverpool officials who didn't want to see their star player leave Anfield. Luis Suarez had made a move from the Merseyside club in 2015 for a fee of 64.9 Million Pounds. The Brazilian star did his bit by handing in his transfer request in a bid to force the move but failed as time ran out.

Liverpool officials were adamant that the Brazilain playmaker was not for sale and stood firm to rebuff any offers to avail his services.

India Tv - A file image of Klopp and Coutinho.

Image Source : GETTY IMAGESA file image of Klopp and Coutinho.

Coutinho has started the season in an impressive form despite the uncertainty of his future at Anfield. He has scored five goals and assisted the same in his eleven appearances for Liverpool. A few free-kicks and some worldly goals for sure has brought Barcelona on their knees as they didn't give up despite the English giants rejecting their bids time and time again.

The Merseyside Reds have locked in on German league's RP Leipzig's N Ketia before the Brazilian could be approached by the Catalan giants. If Phil is to leave, Jurgen Klopp will have to find another playmaker as Mohammad Salah and Roberto Firminho are in front of goal netting in wonders at Anfield and away.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde will look forward to bring in the Brazilian playmaker alongside Argentine magician Lionel Messi and sniper Luis Suarez after new signing from Borussia Dortmund Ousmane Dembele found himself sidelined from the squad after enduring an injury that ruled him out for over four months.  After Neymar's departure en route PSG, the missing link can only be now be filled by a Brazilain himself.

FC Barcelona are currently undefeated across all competitions since the start of the season and hold a stable lead at the top. Their form will be put to test when they travel to Santiago Bernabeu to face their arch-rivals Real Madrid on December 23.

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