Update: COUTINHO deal expected to finalise in days

Barcelona expect to complete their record €160 million signing of Philippe Coutinho within days as the player has not travelled with Liverpool to their warm-weather camp in Dubai.

La Liga’s giants, in talks facilitated through the Brazil international’s representatives Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci , have committed to paying €120m as their base fee with a further €40m in appearance and performance-related extras that are likely to be triggered.

No agreement has yet been reached between the clubs, with the Reds still attempting to convince the 25-year-old - with direct involvement from Fenway Sports Group - to remain on Merseyside until the end of the season at least.

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