Liverpool legend names who should replace Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool legend names who should replace Philippe Coutinho

Darren Sullivan
January 7, 2018

Barcelona will sign Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool on a five-and-a-half year contract, the two clubs said on Saturday.

Like City with Mahrez, Liverpool managed to hold on to Coutinho in the summer but Barcelona are expected to return with an improved offer this month to lure the playmaker away from Merseyside.

Mahrez has been valued at £50m, some way short of the £133m Barcelona are reportedly willing to pay for Coutinho.

"The player will sign a contract for the rest of the season and five more and will have a release clause of 400 million euros".

"It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known", said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

"The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately".

The stats underline Philippe Coutinho's importance to Liverpool
The stats underline Philippe Coutinho's importance to Liverpool

The final deal will be eclipsed only by the £200m Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer, and the £165.7m Kylian Mbappe will cost PSG at the end of his initial loan spell from Monaco.

Some believe that Coutinho will partner Luis Suarez and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi in attack, although he would face strong competition from wonderkid Ousmane Dembele.

Ernesto Valverde's side have a six-point lead at the top of the standings with a game in hand against Levante on Sunday.

"Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen".

"It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind".

All the latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours from across the British and European press on Saturday, January 6.

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