Barcelona Close To £145 Million Liverpool Playmaker Deal


Reports have it that Barcelona are close to agreeing a £145 million deal with Liverpool, for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.


Negotiations between the two clubs have been underway for the past weeks, and a fee and payment schedule has been agreed.

A medical is expected to be conducted on Monday, with Coutinho expected to fly to Barcelona as soon as the deal gets closed.

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The Brazil international did not travel with the squad to Dubai for a warm-weather training, and has not featured for the team since the window opened, due to a minor thigh injury.

The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request in the summer in a bid to force a move, after Liverpool rejected three bids from the Catalan club, the largest of which was worth £113 million.

Coutinho has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, scoring 12 goals.

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Liverpool bought Coutinho for £8.5m from Inter Milan in 2013.

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