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Philippe Coutinho close to £145m move from Liverpool to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring Liverpool's third
Image: Philippe Coutinho is close to completing a move to Barcelona, according to Sky sources

Barcelona are close to concluding a deal worth £145m with Liverpool for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, Sky Sports News understands.

Discussions between the two clubs have been underway for several weeks and both the fee and payment schedules have been agreed and a deal is close.

Coutinho will fly to Barcelona as soon as the deal is concluded, with a medical expected to be carried out on Monday.

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On the latest episode of our Transfer Talk podcast, Guillem Balague explains why Barcelona do not want to wait until this summer to buy Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

The 25-year-old did not travel with the squad for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai and has not played in either of Liverpool's fixtures since the transfer window opened in January because of a minor thigh problem.

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Listen as the Transfer Talk Podcast discuss the future of Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool and Ross Barkley's transfer to Chelsea.

The Brazilian was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona in the summer, the largest of which was worth £113m, and he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move but was unsuccessful.

Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring for Liverpool
Image: Coutinho was the subject of three failed Barcelona bids in the summer

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde called the midfielder a "great player" ahead of their match against Levante on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, but refused to be drawn on the issue.

"Coutinho is a great player, like other players that I am often asked about in press conferences. But I prefer to talk about the players that I already have," Valverde said.

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Philippe Coutinho celebrates after making it 1-0 in the first-half
Image: Coutinho has not played in Liverpool's two fixtures since the transfer window opened

"When there is something new to say, the club will announce it."

Coutinho has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, scoring 12 goals.

Liverpool bought Coutinho for £8.5m from Inter Milan in 2013.

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