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PHILIPPE COUTINHO PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: £145m Barcelona signing goes behind the scenes at the Nou Camp as he visits club museum and shop

  • Sportsmail’s Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper accompanied Philippe Coutinho on his behind-the-scenes tour of the Nou Camp museum and club shop on Sunday evening
    Coutinho will complete his £145million move from Liverpool to Barcelona on Monday after medical
    The Brazilian took a close look at the trophy cabinet which has replicas of Barcelona’s five European Cups
    He looked at photographs of iconic Barcelona moments and a tribute to new team-mate Lionel Messi
    Coutinho also visited the club megastore, where replica shirts with his name on are already on sale
    WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The hour-by-hour story of how Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona unfolded

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Philippe Coutinho was given a private tour of the Nou Camp on Sunday evening as the Brazilian completed his £145million transfer from Liverpool.

As Sportsmail’s exclusive pictures show, he visited the club’s museum, taking a close look at the enormous trophy cabinet that reflects Barcelona’s consistent success at home and abroad down the years.

Coutinho smiled as he posed in front of replicas of the five European Cups Barcelona have won during their history.

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Coutinho poses in front of replicas of the five European Cups Barcelona have won during a visit to the club's museum at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening

Barcelona's new £145m signing writes a message in the museum guestbook during his behind-the-scenes tour 

Barcelona’s new £145m signing writes a message in the museum guestbook during his behind-the-scenes tour

Coutinho takes a look at some iconic moments from Barcelona's history during a private tour of the museum on Sunday

Coutinho takes a look at some iconic moments from Barcelona’s history during a private tour of the museum on Sunday

Coutinho poses with wife Aine and daughter Maria in front of the enormous Barcelona trophy cabinet at the Nou Camp

Coutinho poses with wife Aine and daughter Maria in front of the enormous Barcelona trophy cabinet at the Nou Camp

He also took time to look at other exhibits, including a photo mosaic of iconic Barcelona moments and a display of memorabilia relating to his new team-mate, Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old also signed the museum’s guestbook before paying a visit to the club shop next door, where Coutinho replica shirts are already on sale.

It came after Coutinho described his move – the second most expensive in football history – as a ‘dream come true’.

Wearing a tracksuit in Barcelona colours, he was briefly introduced to the press on Sunday night after his new team’s 3-0 La Liga win over Levante.

The Brazilian is all smiles as he is taken on a tour of the Barcelona club megastore at the Nou Camp

The Brazilian is all smiles as he is taken on a tour of the Barcelona club megastore at the Nou Camp

The club have already started stocking replica strips with Coutinho's name on the back alongside their Messi best seller

The club have already started stocking replica strips with Coutinho’s name on the back alongside their Messi best seller

The Brazilian shares a joke with Barcelona officials as he takes a behind-the-scenes tour of his new stadium

The Brazilian shares a joke with Barcelona officials as he takes a behind-the-scenes tour of his new stadium

Coutinho then toured the Nou Camp, posing for pictures in front of the pitch and in the museum.

On Monday morning, Coutinho visited the club’s hospital to complete his medical, and he is due to officially sign his contract at 11.30am UK time.

After that, Coutinho will be presented to crowds at the Nou Camp and then speak to the media in a press conference.

Barcelona finally got their man after failing with three bids in the summer and the five-and-a-half-year deal Coutinho has signed contains a €400m (£354m) release clause.

Coutinho takes  a look at a cabinet of Lionel Messi memorabilia during his visit to the club's museum

Coutinho takes  a look at a cabinet of Lionel Messi memorabilia during his visit to the club’s museum

Coutinho poses for a picture with his agent Kia Joorabchian in front of the Barcelona trophy cabinet 

Coutinho poses for a picture with his agent Kia Joorabchian in front of the Barcelona trophy cabinet

Only Neymar’s £198m exit from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain dwarfs Coutinho’s transfer fee while Barcelona now boast the second and third most expensive players ever after their £134m deal for Ousmane Dembele.

It is also the biggest-ever fee for a player who did not have a release clause in their contract and represents a handsome profit for Liverpool, who signed Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.

 source: www.dailymail.co.uk
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