Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Virgil van Dijk

The Reds are expected to receive £105m up front - a British record - for the 25-year-old Brazil global, with the rest in realistic add-ons.

The £145m fee marks a new record transfer for the Premier League, and the second highest transfer fee ever after the £200m Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar earlier this year.

"In the next hours we will inform you of the details of the player's arrival and presentation".

Liverpool rejected three offers for Coutinho from the Catalan outfit last summer, with the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, then holding a firm not-for-sale stance.

Liverpool have enquired about the availability of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho looks set to leave Anfield for Barcelona in the current window, Spanish outlet Don Balon reports.

Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election
Almost 2.2 million voters were choosing between the 51-year-old Weah and 73-year-old Vice President Joseph Boakai. However, the Electoral Commission of Liberia are yet to declare the official results of the presidential votes.

French sport daily L'Equipe reported on Saturday that Liverpool were lining up Leicester's Riyad Mahrez to replace Coutinho, although other reports have indicated that the Merseyside club would prefer to acquire Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

"It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho".

The Brazil global, now sidelined with a thigh injury, was among a number of first-team players - undisclosed by the club - who stayed behind on Merseyside.

Coutinho will not be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League since he has already featured in the competition with Liverpool in the group stage.

Klopp said Coutinho "wanted this move to happen since July", when Barcelona first made its interest known.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Australian Open
Jan 06, 2018 - 00:44
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor and Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be". In January a year ago , Serena won the Australian Open for an Open-Era record seventh time, defeating her sister Venus.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple: All iPhones, iPads, Macs Affected By Chip Flaws
Jan 05, 2018 - 12:28
Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers including Apple's own Safari. A PAIR of security vulnerabilities affect virtually all Apple products but are not now affecting users, the company said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ross Barkley is about to join Chelsea
Jan 05, 2018 - 12:25
Chelsea are set to take their season's spending past the £200m mark after making a £15m bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley . The Toffees boss declared: "The club was resigned to losing Ross before I got here".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'We Palestinians Condemn Ambassador Sharing Stage With Hafiz Saeed'
Jan 02, 2018 - 03:19
In early December, he had met Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi. But still, we can not find this acceptable... and the Palestinian government has made a decision to take action", he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid, says it harbors terrorists
Jan 02, 2018 - 03:16
Senator Rand Paul said on Twitter he would lead the charge in the Senate to end aid to Pakistan. It said the two leaders also discussed on the country's foreign policy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Florida's minimum wage is increasing in 2018, but is it enough?
Jan 01, 2018 - 00:23
Employees seem to feel that it does not matter, if you switch jobs or not when getting paid so little. The minimum wage for employees of smaller businesses with fewer than 11 employees will be $12/hour.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jets lose to Patriots, 26
Jan 01, 2018 - 00:19
Tom Brady completed 18 of 37 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in conditions that, with the wind chill, were sub-zero. New England got into the end zone three plays later via another 5-yard TD pass, this time from Brady to Lewis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump fires entire HIV/AIDS advisory council
Dec 31, 2017 - 00:30
He also wants more than $1 billion in cuts from worldwide programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Scott Schoettes , a lawyer with Lambda Legal , a LGBT rights organization, was one of them.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Expect two to four inches of powdery snow today: National Weather Service
Dec 31, 2017 - 00:25
Snowfall should decrease as you go north with only 1 to 2-inches expected in counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Highs only hitting the mid teens Saturday afternoon with temperatures on a downward spiral throughout the day.

Frigid Blast Continues With A Little Snow Too
Dec 31, 2017 - 00:25
An arctic front is hitting the area this weekend, dropping high temperatures to single digits or the teens all across the state. Temperatures will drop into the teens early Sunday morning and will only warm into the low 30s by the afternoon.

'RHONY' Luann de Lesseps Checks Into Rehab After Drunken Arrest
Dec 30, 2017 - 00:24
The memories of her previous marriage rendered de Lesseps to become emotional - and this led her to cause a scene at the hotel. The couple's glamorous nuptials were even featured on an episode of her reality series, the Real Housewives Of New York.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ulysses Wilkerson's Brutal Beating Leads To Investigation Of Alabama Police Department
Dec 30, 2017 - 00:23
Following the beaten, Troy police officers who were involved in the incident were not transparent with the teen's family. During the arrest, the teen was injured and transported to Troy Regional Medical Center, the statement said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top President Trump Calls FBI 'Tainted' Amid Russia Investigation
Dec 30, 2017 - 00:11
Trump continued to characterize the Russian collusion investigation "as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for losing an election". While at the president's West Palm Beach golf club, Trump provided a far-reaching, unscripted interview to the New York Times .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SoftBank tender for Uber stake succeeds
Dec 29, 2017 - 00:39
The deal nevertheless sharply discounts Uber's value, which previous year was estimated at nearly $70 billion. The size of the board will expand from 11 to 17, which dilutes the power Kalanick wields.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gal Gadot to present at Golden Globes
Dec 29, 2017 - 00:39
The women protesting Hollywood's culture of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes won't have to stand alone. For example, 22 of the 70 actors have never been nominated, let alone won, a Golden Globe.