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Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho has completed his astonishing £142million move to Barcelona.

The transfer was confirmed on Saturday after Liverpool reluctantly agreed to sell the Brazilian star.

Coutinho was at the Nou Camp to watch his new side’s 3-0 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday following his British record move, which could be worth up to £142 million as first reported by Telegraph Sport on Saturday afternoon.

Valverde is confident Coutinho, who arrived at Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013, will prove a valuable addition to his star-studded squad.

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“I think he can bring us a lot of things,” Valverde said at a press conference, as quoted by Spanish media outlet Marca.

“Coutinho scores goals, assists, he can play both inside [down the centre] and outside [on the flanks].

“I have seen him play in many positions both for Liverpool and in his national team.

“After taking a long break, he is already with us, we hope he will help us and we will wait to see him train for at least one day to assess his condition.”

Coutinho has been reported to be carrying a thigh injury which could yet delay his Barcelona debut, which had been expected against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey tie on Thursday.

Liverpool rejected repeated bids by Barcelona in August for Coutinho, but the clubs finally reached an agreement this weekend for a deal worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million), making the Brazilian playmaker one of the most expensive players in soccer history.

“I just want to thank the club for its patience and its effort,” Coutinho said. “I’m very happy, this is a dream come true for me and I hope to live up to the expectations.”

Coutinho was introduced to the fans at Camp Nou after signing his contract along with club president Josep Bartomeu, but his official debut will be delayed by about three weeks because of a right leg muscle injury confirmed during the medical he underwent after arriving from England.

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