Barcelona’s most expensive ever signing, Philippe Coutinho will have to wait three weeks to make his debut after the Spanish giants confirmed that the Brazilian had picked up a thigh injury.
Coutinho was unveiled by Barcelona on Saturday after Liverpool accepted a massive £142m move to conclude a deal which had been in play since summer. It was not always an easy transfer for Barcelona, after they had three bids for Coutinho rejected in the summer but with the forward signing a 5-year-contract at the club and the return of Dembele from injury, it is all rosy for Barca.
Club President, Josep Bartomeu admitted how long-winding the transfer was at the player’s unveiling on Saturday;
“We knew it was not going to be easy to get him here. We’ve been talking and working for months on this, but one of the important aspects was he wanted to come here.
“He helped make an effort, and he was patient, and that was been key in him coming here.
“I also want to thank Liverpool, one of Europe’s biggest clubs, for allowing him to leave and come here.”
Liverpool received £105m upfront for the player who has a buyout clause of 400 million Euros. Philippe Coutinho will wait until February to make his debut and may very well be involved in Barca’s match with Espanyol.