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Barcelona unveil Coutinho at Camp Nou

LaLiga leaders Barcelona have provided the first glimpse of the club's new signing, Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

NEWS
08 Jan 2018, 01:08 IST
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Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona's new record signing Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has been presented as a Barcelona player for the first time.

The Catalan giants are reported to have agreed a deal worth up to £142million with Liverpool to bring the Brazilian playmaker to Camp Nou, after a series of bids failed in August.

Coutinho will be formally unveiled on Monday, with a photo shoot on the Camp Nou pitch to be followed by a press conference.

But Barca offered a glimpse of Coutinho in Barcelona colours in a video posted to the club's official Twitter account after Sunday's home win against Levante.

Coutinho is shown walking out on stage and posing for the cameras, waving to the photographers and offering a double thumbs-up for the flashbulbs.

The 25-year-old then sent a message to his new club's fans ahead of Monday's formalities.

"Hi Barcelona fans, I'm already here," Coutinho said. "It's a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow."

Without Coutinho, Barca beat Levante 3-0 to stretch their cushion at the top of the LaLiga table to nine points, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paulinho on the scoresheet.

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