Monday, 8 January 2018

Ex - Liverpool Player Coutinho Unveiled As Barca’s New Record Signing

Philippe Coutinho has been unveiled as Barcelona’s latest star recruit at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening after completing his 160-million-euro (67.9 billion naira) move from Liverpool, with coach Ernesto Valverde predicting the world’s third most expensive footballer will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi.
“Coutinho is a player who I think can bring a lot to us,” said Valverde.

“He’s an important signing.”
 Valverde admitted that it will be a challenge shoehorning the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker into a team which boasts the talents of Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.
Coutinho waved for the cameras as he was presented as Barcelona's latest signing after their La Liga victory over Levante

“We’ll wait until I see him train at least a day until we talk about all this. It’s true I have seen him play in various positions -- on the right, the left, or in the middle, on the wings. 

 “We will evaluate all of this...but, of course, I don’t think he will play as a goalkeeper.”
Addressing fans on Instagram, Coutinho said in English:
"Hi Barca fans. I am here. It is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow."
Coutinho beamed with delight after completing his dream move six months after first handing a transfer request to Liverpool

The swoop for Coutinho -- which contains a 400-million-euro (N169bn) release clause -- is the third biggest transfer in football.

It is outranked only by Paris Saint-Germain’s world record 222m-euro (N94 billion naira) signing of Neymar from Barcelona last year, and PSG’s capture of French striker Kylian Mbappe for a deal that will eventually be worth 180 million euros (76 billion naira).
Coutinho becomes the second most expensive footballer of all time with only Neymar (£198m to PSG) ahead of him

Coutinho arrived at Liverpool from Inter Milan for a mere £8.5 million (4 billion) in January 2013 and scored 54 goals for the club in all competitions, although he won no silverware during his five-year stay at Anfield.

Barcelona had tried to sign Coutinho last summer and his departure is a blow to Liverpool as he had just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season, scoring seven goals in the last eight games of 2017 to put his side firmly in the Champions League places.
The Brazilian playmaker arrived in Spain on Saturday evening after Liverpool accepted a deal worth an incredible £145m

Coutinho could make his debut on Thursday in the Spanish Cup against Celta Vigo.

He will not be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League so participation both in the Copa del Rey and La Liga will be important for him ahead of this year's World Cup. 

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