Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: The Numbers Behind The Premier League's Most Expensive Transfer

Philippe Coutinho is set to be unveiled at the Nou Camp on Monday (January 8) after completing a Premier League record move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

The 25-year-old Brazilian becomes the most expensive product sold by a club within English football's top tier, surpassing the £86 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham in 2013 for Gareth Bale.

So, how much did the deal cost and how much will Coutinho make at Barcelona? Here, Newsweek takes a look at the numbers behind the most staggering deal of the January transfer window:

How much was the fee in the end?

Barcelona have agreed to pay Liverpool £142 million for Coutinho, making him the third most expensive player in the world. Liverpool are expected to receive £105 million up front and the rest are add-ons that are realistic expectations, according to the BBC.

Where does that rank in record signings?

Coutinho is now the third most expensive footballer in the world. Neymar cost Paris Saint-Germain £199 million, while Monaco has agreed to sell Kylian Mbappe to PSG for £165 million.

Presumably that's a pretty big profit for Liverpool?

Yes, of course. Liverpool paid Inter Milan just £8.5 million for Coutinho in January 2013, seeing them make a profit of £133.5 million in just five years.

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Philippe Coutinho
Josep Maria Bartomeu, left, and Philippe Coutinho at the Camp Nou, Barcelona, January 8. Coutinho became the third most expensive player in world football after his transfer to Barcelona. LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty

That's a blow to Inter Milan then, right?

Sure. The small consolation for the Italian Serie A club is that they are set to receive around £2.2 million as part of a sell-on agreement in the contract when Coutinho was sold to Liverpool. Still, not quite the profit made at Anfield.

How were Barcelona able to afford the deal?

Although the bank account at the Camp Nou would have looked very healthy after Neymar Jr.'s £199 million move to Paris Saint Germain in the summer, Barcelona have reinvested already. They paid £135.5 million to Borussia Dortmund for 20-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele last year.

But Barcelona were also helped out by Coutinho himself. According to The Times, Coutinho agreed to pay £11.5 million of the fee himself, simply to ensure the deal went through. He has already paid £9 million, the report says, and will pay the remainder in the future.

So it seems like he'll end his career at Barcelona...

Indeed, it does. The contract Coutinho signed is for five years, seeing him finish at the age of 30, and has a release clause of £355 million.

What do Barcelona think of the deal?

While excited by the signing, manager Ernesto Valverde said it was "too soon" to determine what position Coutinho would play. "We can take advantage of his versatility," he said. "He scored and sets up goals, and going forward he can help us a lot as he can play both inside and out wide."

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Philippe Coutinho at the Camp Nou, Barcelona, January 8. Brazilian playmaker Coutinho cost Barcelona £142 million. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty