Philippe Coutinho set to be presented as Barcelona player on SundayJanuary 6, 2018
A move from Liverpool to Barcelona is within hours of completion and could even be confirmed in time for him to be presented as a Blaugrana player at their game against Levante on Sunday.
Talks have been ongoing since the summer with the Brazilian desperate to return to the city where he previously spent a loan spell at Espanyol under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.
AS believe that the eventual fee agreed will have a potential total of 160 million euros (£141.9 million).
It’s expected that he will be presented to the Camp Nou crowd ahead of the match on Sunday and will then watch on as a spectator from the directors’ box.
Coutinho would then join the team for training on Monday and could make his debut in midweek against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey or against Real Sociedad in LaLiga next weekend.
The news comes after the Daily Mail reported that Liverpool will jet off to a warm weather training camp in Dubai on Saturday without their number ten.
Jurgen Klopp and sources within the Merseyside club had insisted that the Brazilian was sidelined by injury but it now seems inevitable that a deal will be sealed before Liverpool next take to the field to face Manchester City in the Premier League.