Barcelona unveil Brazil midfielder, Coutinho at Nou Camp

Philippe Coutinho posing in Barcelona kit

Barcelona agreed a 142 million-pound ($192 million) deal with Liverpool on Saturday to buy Coutinho, who became their record signing.

Barcelona signed midfielder Philippe Coutinho because they were given a significant discount on the price Liverpool were asking for him in the last transfer window, vice-president Jordi Mestre said on Monday. He's a great player but we have different characteristics and I have come here to find my own place. It's a dream for all the players who have been here and those who are here now.

The 25-year-old Brazilian only signed a new five-year deal, which did not include a release clause, with the Anfield club in January.

Bartomeu said the club had been pursuing Coutinho since last summer and that the Brazilian is "one of the world's stars".

"It's not been easy, but Coutinho was happy to come here and his effort and patience has been key in getting him here". "It's about the chance to play for Barcelona, to live in Barcelona".

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho
GETTY Coutinho pocketed around £142m for Liverpool in the sensational transfer

Barcelona began the hunt for Coutinho, who spent five years on Merseyside, after his countryman, Neymar, moved to PSG last season.

Writing on Twitter alongside a picture with Coutinho, Suarez said: "Welcome my friend, how nice [it] is to share [a] team with you again".

"We had a good season [at Liverpool], nearly winning the Premier League. they were good moments". For sure, I gave everything I could.

"I am very happy, it's a dream come true and I hope to be up to the job on the field".

Coutinho visited the Hospital of Barcelona early on Monday to complete the first part of his medical and is due to undergo final checks at Camp Nou later.

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