FC Barcelona's new signing Philippe Coutinho waves on the pitch. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract in a ceremony sitting alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu before posing on the Camp Nou pitch in a Barcelona shirt.Barca's swoop for Coutinho is outranked only by Paris Saint-Germain's stunning world record 222-million-euro signing of Neymar from Barcelona last year, and the Paris club's capture of French striker Kylian Mbappe in a deal eventually worth 180 million euros.Barcelona had made a bid for Coutinho in the summer, but Liverpool stood firm.Coach Ernesto Valverde predicted Coutinho will comfortably fit into his star-studded team.Coutinho played with Suarez for 18 months at Liverpool before the Uruguayan made the same move to Spain in 2014 .The timing of Barca's move for Coutinho has been questioned because he will not be able to play in the Champions League this season having already played in the competition for Liverpool.
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