Philippe Coutinho, the $192m new signing by Barcelona did not wear any numbered jersey during his presentation to about 7,500 fans at Camp Nou today. But multiple reports said the Brazilian playmaker who is nursing a thigh injury will most likely wear the No 14 shirt.
According to The individual of London, the shirt was recently vacated by past Red, Javier Mascherano, who will perfect a move to China imminently.
The British broadsheet held the shirt was furthermore prepared illustrious by the late Johan Cruyff, who complete it his make throughout his career and played for Barcelona between 1973 and 1978, switching between No 14 and No 9, scoring 48 goals in 143 sport and successful in cooperation La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the process.
At the presentation, Coutinho understood he is targeting titles at Barcelona.
According to a convey on Barcelona’s website, the new player was meticulous in juggling the ball, scheduled to an injury on the forward rectum of his appropriate thigh.
Nevertheless, he participated in a rondo with eight adolescent players from FCBEscola, and was handed the keys to a new Audi car.
Coutinho commented: “I am awfully lucky about the affection from the fans. It is a trance stretch exact and I look forward to to come back with each and every one their expectations on the field.” Before departure the Camp Nou pitch, the player had photographs full with quite a few fans
The Brazilian signed a five-year deal in a ceremony meeting alongside Barca head Josep Maria Bartomeu, assembly him the third-most exclusive player in history.
It’s an honour for me, a great honour, but also a dream to be here,” Coutinho said after posing on the Camp Nou pitch in a Barcelona shirt.
“I have my goals; to get here, to be happy, win titles and have fun — I only think about that.”
Coutinho puts pen to paper
Minutes before the midfielder put pen to paper after a whirlwind few days, the club said a thigh injury would delay his debut until the end of January.
The absconder La Liga leaders furthermore claimed that Liverpool had scratch their new asking consequences from 200 million euros, after a long-running transmission saga dating toward the back to the summer window.
“Due to a contractual flow and right and proper to Liverpool’s desire, we cannot give the precise figures, but near has been a fantastically major decline (in price),” alleged Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre.
Barca’s dive for Coutinho is outranked no more than by Paris Saint-Germain’s stunning humanity reputation 222 million-euro signing of Neymar from Barcelona ultimate year, and the Paris club’s capture of French person on strike Kylian Mbappe in a agreement which will be attraction 180 million euros after the teenager completes his first advance sell shortly this year.
Coutinho’s arrival will help out Barcelona pull on from the degradation of down Neymar, and his attendance alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will prevent consider the hassle off an alternative of the club’s stars, 33-year-old midfielder Andres Iniesta.