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07 January 2018, 02:56 | Pamela Mathis
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is preparing to fly to Spain to complete his long-awaited move to Barcelona.
British media reports say the La Liga leaders will pay around 142 million pounds ($193 million) for Coutinho, making him the third most expensive transfer ever after Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, both at Paris St Germain, and ahead of new Barca team mate Ousmane Dembele.
Liverpool have announced a deal has been agreed which will see Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona, for a fee believed to be £145m.
Barcelona had tried to sign Coutinho in the summer, but his departure now is a blow to Liverpool as the playmaker has just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season.
"It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known", Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
Liverpool released a statement on its website which said: "Liverpool FC can confirm Philippe Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms".
"Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen".
Coutinho's name briefly appeared on a Nike advert for Barcelona shirts last week before being removed.
The Brazilian is expected to be presented at the Camp Nou on Monday, which will conclude a transfer saga that dragged on throughout last summer with Liverpool then adamant that they would not allow their key creative midfielder to leave, the Spanish newspaper Marca said.
The Brazilian enjoyed a strong relationship on and off the pitch with Luis Suarez at Liverpool and his arrival should propel the Uruguayan, who has struggled at times this season without the space Neymar's flair used to free up for him.
Earlier, Coutinho withdrew from the Liverpool squad who are heading to Dubai, having beaten Everton in the FA Cup on Friday evening, a game for which he was officially injured. Liverpool have already splashed out in the transfer window, bringing in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for £75m.
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