Signed, sealed and delivered. Philippe Coutinho is officially a Barcelona player.
The Brazilian has completed his move from Liverpool and signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Catalan giants. The £142 million transfer fee makes Coutinho the second most expensive footballer of all-time, behind only his countryman Neymar who departed Barca for PSG last summer in a deal worth in excess of £200 million.
The buyout clause on the 25-year-old’s new contract is a whopping €400 million (£335 million).
Barcelona supporters must wait approximately three weeks to see their new star in action, however, as he is a carrying an injury to his right thigh from his time with Liverpool, meaning the earliest they should expect the former Inter Milan man to line out would be the team’s February 4 fixture against local rivals Espanyol.
Coutinho was unveiled in front of ecstatic Barca fans at the Camp Nou on Monday morning to put the finishing touches on the big move.
He played keepie-uppies in front of the adoring supporters who came to see their new hero as well as lightly kicking around with some young Barca fans before posing for photos with those who came to see him. He was also presented with the keys to a brand new Audi jeep for good measure.
When speaking to the crowd on the mic, Coutinho said:
“I am very happy, it’s a dream come true and I hope to be up to the job on the field.”
Check out the whole scene in the clip below. Liverpool fans may want to look away now.