Coutinho undergoes Barcelona medical ahead of €160m transfer

Coutinho departs Anfield as the second-most expensive player in history

The 25-year-old Brazilian only signed a new five-year deal, which did not include a release clause, with the Anfield club in January.

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre claimed Liverpool slashed their original asking price for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian playmaker completed his €160-million move to the Catalan giants.

Ivan Rakitic could be facing a move away from Barcelona in the wake of the £145million purchase of Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

Barcelona director Albert Soler said in September the club abandoned their pursuit of the Brazilian playmaker previous year because Liverpool were asking for €200 million.

Coutinho underwent his medical on Monday morning despite a thigh problem that ruled him out of Liverpool's last two games, following the two clubs agreeing a deal on Saturday. I am also grateful to Liverpool for the five years I spent there.

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However, he will not be eligible to play for Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus, having already played a key role in Liverpool's qualification for the knockout phase.

He has a minor thigh injury and missed the club's past two games, including Friday's FA Cup third-round win against Everton.

"We had a good season [at Liverpool], nearly winning the Premier League. they were good moments".

"I am very happy, it's a dream come true and I hope to be up to the job on the field".

Coutinho becomes Barcelona's fifth signing of the season following the return of Gerard Deulofeu to his boyhood club and the arrivals of Ousmane Dembele, Paulinho and Nelson Semedo last summer.

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