Coutinho talks about ‘dream’ Barcelona moveJanuary 8, 2018
Philippe Coutinho has spoken his first words as a Barcelona player, saying the move is a ‘dream come true’.
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 and 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.
He took part in a brief photo session at the Nou Cam, following Barca’s 3-0 win over Levante and briefly touched on his move to the club.
“Hi Barca fans, I am already here, it is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow, ” he said in a video message on Twitter.
“It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history.
“Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets.
“I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”
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.
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 will officially sign his contract at 11:30 GMT on Monday before being presented to the public.