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Coutinho officially joins Barcelona for £142m

Barcelona have completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a fee of £142m.

After weeks of rumours linking the Brazilian international with a move to Camp Nou, the Catalan club announced the deal on Saturday evening.

Coutinho arrived in Barcelona around 19.30 GMT the same evening and was met by former Anfield team-mate Luis Suarez upon arrival.

Coutinho will now sign a contract with the La Liga leaders, which is five and half years and features a buy-out clause of 400m euros.

The former Espanyol man arrived on Barca, sacrificing Champions League football as he will be Cup-tied after featuring for Liverpool in the competition earlier this season.

His arrival is now expected to see the likes of Rafinha and Arda Turan leave the club this month, whilst Andre Gomes’ future is now under question.

Coutinho is likely to be joined by Colombian central defender Yerry Mina, who is set to be announced next Wednesday following an agreement with Brazilian side Palmeiras.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde now has three fresh faces in his side for the remaining six months of the season, with Frenchman Ousmane Dembele having returned from injury last week.

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Dembele, who played twice at the start of the season for Barca after signing for Dortmund will act as almost a new signing for Valverde.

Coutinho is now likely to watch his new side against Levante on Sunday, before an official presentation is announced.

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