Philippe Coutinho seals Barcelona move

And on Saturday Philippe Coutinho finally sealed his move to Barcelona, bringing the long-running transfer saga to an end. The 25-year-old did not travel with the Liverpool squad for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai and did not play in either of their fixtures after the transfer window opened in January because of a minor thigh problem. The Brazilian was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona in the summer, the largest of which was worth £113m, and he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move but was unsuccessful. Now both clubs have announced the deal, with Coutinho taking off on a private jet for Barcelona in the last hour before the transfer was confirmed, and a medical expected to be carried out on Monday. Barcelona say that the Brazilian will sign a five-and-a-half-year contract, with a buyout clause of 400m Euros (£354.6m). Coutinho, who joined Liverpool for £8.5m from Inter Milan in 2013, made 20 appearances in all competitions for the Anfield side this season, scoring 12 goals. Barcelona host Levante on Sunday, live on Sky Sports

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