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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho set to join FC Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho's departure would be a blow to Liverpool. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Barcelona, Spain Jan 06, 2018, 11.30 AM (IST)

Barcelona and Liverpool have agreed on a deal in principle to allow Philippe Coutinho to move to the Spanish giants FC Barcelona.Coutinho's move is almost final with a transfer amount of 160 million euros in total, 120 million guaranteed and rest will be made up in achievable clauses.

Recently, Coutinho's agents were seen at Barca's camp and also the representatives from both the sides were present in Liverpool to settle the deal. There are rumours that the agreement between Liverpool and Barca is close now.

Barcelona-based sports newspaper said Coutinho would join Barca this month on a deal for five seasons, although it said the details of the deal were still to be finalised.

Coutinho's departure would be a blow to Liverpool, but it would allow Barcelona to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar last summer to Qatar-backed Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros.

Coutinho's age is 25 is also attractive to Barca, whose three main stars, Lionel, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta are all in their thirties.

French sport daily L'Equipe reported on Saturday that Liverpool was 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.