Barcelona agree HUGE fee for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

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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.

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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.

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