Philippe Coutinho will become Barcelona’s most expensive signing after a deal worth €160 million was agreed with Liverpool, which is the new British transfer record.
La Liga’s leaders will part with €120m as a guaranteed base fee, with another €40m in performance and appearance-related add-ons that are expected to be triggered.
The 25-year-old will move ahead of Ousmane Dembele as Barca’s highest-cost recruit, also surpassing Paul Pogba as the biggest player trade involving an English club.
Liverpool failed in their exhaustive efforts to convince Coutinho, who did not travel with the squad to a warm-weather camp in Dubai , to remain on Merseyside until the end of the season at the very least.
He is now the third most expensive footballer in the world, behind Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Here’s a look at some of his best stats which may help show why Barca were so keen to spend big on the 25-year-old.
- Coutinho’s transfer is the third biggest in history, behind only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (FourFourTwo).
- He will be the 30th Brazilian to play for Barca (Marca).
- Coutinho’s record for Liverpool in the Premier League goes: 152 games, 343 take-ons completed, 337 chances completed, 76 direct goal contributions, 41 goals, 35 assists (Squawka).
- He has scored or assisted a goal on 76 occasions, which works out to an average of once every two games (Opta).
- Coutinho’s total record as a professional reads: 337 games played and 77 goals scored (FC Barcelona).
- Here’s his Premier League heat map for the season so far:
- Coutinho has scored more goals than any other Brazilian in the Premier League (41) and also has the most assists for any Brazilian (35) (Squawka).
- Last season Coutinho scored six goals from outside the box, that’s more than anyone else in the Premier League (FC Barcelona).
- He has scored more goals from outside of the box (14) than any other Premier League player since the start of the 2015/16 season (WhoScored.com).
- Here’s how Coutinho shapes up in comparison to some of Barca’s other stars:
- Since his Liverpool debut in February 2013, Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Liverpool player (54 goals, 43 assists) (Opta).