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Liverpool complete £8.5 million signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan

January 30th, 2013 Sports


Liverpool have agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to reports


Ate breve!: Liverpool have agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho Photo: GETTY IMAGES




The Brazilian international was granted a work permit on Wednesday, but
immediately returned to Milan to collect the visa that will enable him to
play in England.

That means he is unlikely to be rushed into the squad for this weekend’s visit
to Manchester
City
.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is planning to ease the youngster into his first-team
squad, with Liverpool’s
home game against West Bromwich Albion on Monday, Feb 11 a more realistic
target for his first involvement.

Coutinho has been handed the No10 jersey, recently vacated by Joe Cole, with
Liverpool hoping Coutinho will fulfil the potential that had previously seen
him tipped to be the next star of South American football.

His departure from Inter Milan ends a frustrating spell, where showed
flourishes of his ability in a wide attacking role without cementing a place
in the starting line-up.

Coutinho’s inexperience will not diminish the enthusiasm for his purchase at
Anfield, where managing director Ian Ayre stated how Liverpool had to work
hard to convince Inter Milan to let the 20-year-old to move to the Premier
League.

“We certainly fought off strong competition from others. In the early parts of
discussions, I know Inter Milan were reluctant,” Ayre said.

“It has been a successful transfer window for us, coming off the back of
acquiring Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and now Philippe from Inter Milan.
That bodes well for us for the rest of the season and the future.

“He’s a very young player but has already proved himself in the Brazilian
U19s, U20s and a first cap. He has been a really important player for them
and now for us.”

While Liverpool were delighted with their January business, Everton manager
David Moyes was frustrated as the deal for Leroy Fer collapsed on medical
grounds.

Fer’s medical revealed a lingering knee problem, forcing Everton to try to
renegotiate an £8.6 million transfer with FC Twente.

“It’s a real shame. We thought we had a talented play coming to Goodison,”
said Everton’s chief executive Robert Elstone. “There were some
issues and we have to put the club’s interest first.

“We thought long and hard about it but it didn’t work out because we have
to think carefully about how we spend our money. Now we are looking at other
options.”