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Coutinho Signs For Barcelona

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been the talk of the transfer window so far, officially signing for Barcelona on Monday, 8 January for £142million.

Signing a five-and-a-half year deal with a buyout clause of £355million, the former Liverpool player has called his move to the Nou Camp, a “dream come true.”

Agreeing a deal for £8.5million in January 2013, Liverpool have benefitted from the club’s number 10 scoring 41 goals, before selling on to the La Liga club for a whopping £133.5million profit.

Despite passing his medical with Barcelona, Coutinho has an injury to his right thigh which is set to keep him out of the squad, most likely making his debut in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on 4 February.

The 25-year-old said: “I’ve always said this is a dream of mine. It’s amazing to know I’m going to play with my idols. Players with huge history like Leo [Messi], Luis [Suarez], Iniesta, Pique, Busquets, all the great players.”

The rapidly increasing value of players has been largely down to the ever-growing interest in the world’s greatest footballing talent, as well as the commercial opportunities they present, bringing excitement to the clubs while increasing media coverage and fan engagement.

With weeks until the close of the transfer window, the possibility of beating the 2017 summer transfer window’s record-breaking spend of £3.56billion is looking increasingly likely, as all eyes are on the world’s biggest leagues and their activity in the transfer market.