Coutinho ruled out for three weeks, Barca confirmJanuary 8, 2018
Philippe Coutinho will be out injured for three weeks after completing his move to Barcelona from Liverpool.
After weeks of rumours linking the Brazilian international with a move to Camp Nou, the Catalan club announced the deal a day before their 3-0 win over Levante in the league.
Coutinho arrived in Barcelona on Saturday evening and was met by former Anfield team-mate Luis Suarez upon arrival and has now signed 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 in Barca, sacrificing Champions League football as he will be Cup-tied after featuring for Liverpool in the competition earlier this season.
However, his debut will have to wait as the Brazilian will be out for three weeks with a injury to his right thigh and will now be expected to make his debut against Espanyol on February 4th.
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.
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.