Philippe Coutinho’s dream £145million move to Barcelona was sealed this weekend with the Brazilian flying from London to put finishes touches on the transfer on Saturday evening.Our exclusive images show Coutinho, with his wife Aine and young daughter Maria, at Luton waiting to board his plane to Catalonia.Barcelona finally got their man after failing with three bids in the summer and the five and a half year deal Coutinho has signed contains a €400m release clause.


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The Spanish league leaders are set to host Levante on Sunday afternoon but Coutinho is unlikely to be at the match.His medical is scheduled for Monday morning before his official presentation later the same day.Barcelona confirmed the deal on Saturday night with a video showing Coutinho’s shirt hanging in a locker next to his new team-mates, before later sharing another unveiling clip of them following him on Twitter and Instagram.It is the second most expensive transfer of all time, behind his compatriot Neymar, who left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in a £198m move last summer.It is also the biggest-ever fee for a player who did not have a release clause in their contract and represents a handsome profit for Liverpool, who signed Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.The transfer will also break the record for a player sold by an English club, with Barcelona paying around £106m up front and remainder in add-ons.Barcelona had been prepared to pay £97.5m up front plus a further £35m in add-ons but Liverpool managed to squeeze more out of the Catalans after last week’s Nike website blunder that announced Brazilian as a Barca player.The add-ons will see Liverpool earn a further £17.7m once Coutinho has played 100 games, plus smaller payments of £4.4m for each of first two Champions Leagues he qualifies for and the first two European titles he wins.

Coutinho could make his debut on Thursday in the Spanish Cup against Celta Vigo. He will not be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League so participation both in the Copa del Rey and La Liga will be important for him ahead of this year’s World Cup.His arrival allows Andres Iniesta the player he has been bought to replace in the long-term  to rest for European competition. It also reunites him with Luis Suarez who he formed a close friendship with on Merseyside.Coutinho leaves Anfield having scored 54 goals in 200 matches for Liverpool, though he didn’t win any silverware.Liverpool beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup third round on Friday evening, thanks to a goal from their new £75m central defender Virgil van Dijk. Coutinho was not part of Klopp’s matchday squad.

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