Philippe Coutinho become the second-most expensive player in the world

Philippe Coutinho become the second-most expensive player in the world

Barcelona completed the 160 million-euro Philippe Coutinho transfer from Liverpool.

Today the Brazilian signed a five-year contract in a ceremony sitting alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

“It’s an honour for me, a great honour, but also a dream to be here,” Coutinho said after posing on the Camp Nou pitch in a Barcelona shirt.

“I have my goals; to get here, to be happy, win titles and have fun. I only think about that.”

Minutes before the midfielder put pen to paper after a whirlwind few days. The club said a thigh injury would delay his debut until the end of January.

The runaway La Liga leaders also claimed that Liverpool had cut their original asking price from 200 million euros.

“Due to a contractual issue and due to Liverpool’s desire, we cannot provide the exact figures. But there has been a very significant reduction (in price),” said Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre.

Barca’s swoop for Coutinho is outranked only by Paris Saint-Germain’s stunning world record 222 million-euro signing of Neymar from Barcelona last year. The Paris club’s also capture of French striker Kylian Mbappe in a deal which will be worth 180 million euros when the teenager completes his initial loan deal later this year.

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