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Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona have confirmed a deal is in place for the big-money signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, the Brazil international set to move for a reported fee of £142million.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter in January 2013, was the subject of significant interest from Barca in the previous transfer window, but a switch to Camp Nou failed to materialise as Liverpool rejected multiple bids and the playmaker’s transfer request.

But the leaders of LaLiga will now get their man, with the enormous fee set to make him the most expensive player in the history of Spanish football. It will also be the highest amount ever received by an English club.

Barca’s new signing has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal and will add further attacking threat to a side already boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.