Soccer transfers update

Spain Soccer Barcelona Coutinho
Spain Soccer Barcelona Coutinho

Done Deal Philippe Coutinho has completed his record-breaking move from Liverpool to Barcelona – but will not be able to make his debut for three weeks due to injury.

Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Barca on Monday to finalise a transfer that could be worth up to £142million to Liverpool.

However, Barca fans will have to wait to see their new signing in action as Coutinho is set to be sidelined for around 20 days with a thigh injury.

Rumour of the Day Liverpool are keen to bring Monaco’s Thomas Lemar to Anfield as a replacement for the now-departed Coutinho.

Several media outlets report that the France winger is the top target of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and they are keen to make the move happen this month.

Arsenal made an 11th-hour effort last August to sign Lemar in a club-record deal, reportedly worth £92million, but did not have time to get the transfer over the line.

The Deal is Off Following the departure of Coutinho from Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has moved to stop teenage striker Ben Woodburn‘s loan switch to Sunderland, according to reports.

The 18-year-old was set to join up again with former Wales boss Chris Coleman but with the Brazilian leaving and an injury to Mohamed Salah, the German has had second thoughts.

Data Point Coutinho’s move to Barcelona could make Liverpool a profit of around £134million if all the add-ons in the deal are satisfied. The Brazil playmaker moved to Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan for just £8m and the profit from his sale will be just behind Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain that generated a profit of just over £150m.

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