The deal is finished! FC Barcelona have completed the biggest signing of the January transfer window through the signing of Philippe Coutinho for a staggering £146million!
Coutinho moved to Liverpool back in 2013 from Internazionale for £8.5million. Tonight, he is on the move once again… for 17 times his last fee!
“The midfielder arrives at FC Barcelona after demonstrating his class as a player with Liverpool and the Brazilian national side”, said FC Barcelona on their website.
Coutinho’s Premier League record is a stunning one to say the least, scoring 41 goals in 152 games for the Merseyside club. He also provided 35 assists for his teammates.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 6, 2018
It’s not just his direct goal involvements that make this midfielder so talented, it is his dribbling, his free-kick taking and of course his superb long shots that he treats us to every so often. He is sure to get a few of those at the Nou Camp…
So where does Coutinho come into Barcelona’s starting 11?
Dembele, Suarez and Messi are sure starters in the attacking trio, so Coutinho will likely spend most of his time in the midfield three alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho. The eventual successor to Barcelona midfield legend Iniesta?
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2018
Alternatively, when the (1)4-4-2 formation is employed, he could move to a more advanced left sided midfield position, pushing Dembele out to his favoured right side, with Suarez and Messi in the centre as strikers.
In his time at Liverpool FC, Coutinho often took up the left sided winger position, so at Barcelona he offers fantastic coverage for Dembele’s position in the (1)4-3-3 setup, should the Frenchman be injured.
Free kicks to the right of the technical area are likely to be claimed by Lionel Messi, whilst Coutinho will hit those that find themselves to the left side of the penalty spot.
Coutinho’s contract contains a €400million buy out clause, so you can be sure that he won’t be going anywhere soon!
He has signed on for the next 5 and a half years.