Barca Agree £108m for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona have reportedly agreed a massive £108.8million fee to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sources in Spain claim.
After the grudge sale of Neymar to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, Barca had been in hot pursuit of Coutinho and it is now understood that they have reached an agreement with Liverpool to make him the second most expensive player in football history.
According to ESPN, a group from Barca – headed by chief executive Oscar Grau – flew over to Liverpool on Monday for detailed talks with Anfield bosses after failing with two earlier bids for the player.
Barca’s quest was given a boost after the player told Liverpool yesterday he would prefer to make the move to Catalonia if a deal could be agreed between the two clubs.
Following the agreement, Barca will deposit an initial fee of £81.6m for the 25-year-old – plus a bonus package which has the potential to see the Reds rake in a further £27.2m in extra payments over the duration of his time in Spain.
The Sun reports that Jurgen Klopp’s men are already in the hunt for a replacement for the 25-year-old Brazilian, with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini one of the players they have been trailing.
In addition to Coutinho, Barcelona are believed to have upped their bid for Borussia Dortmund and France starlet Ousmane Dembele, who is being valued in the region of €90 million.