Now that Philippe Coutinho has finalised his move to Barcelona, the Brazilian has officially become the second-most expensive player in the history of football.
His £145 million deal is only second to Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer for £198 million.
The prices of transfers has sky-rocketed in recent years and Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80 million move to Real Madrid from Manchester United seems like decades ago now.
Of course, it’s not just about the quality of the player that the buying club has to consider; it’s age, how willing the selling club are, the player’s wishes and, in Barcelona’s case, the whole world’s knowledge about how much money they have are all factors that go into a price.
So, is Coutinho worth what the Catalan club have paid?
Liverpool have made a very handsome profit on the original £8.5 million they shelled out to Inter Milan and at 25-years-old, Coutinho’s best years are ahead of him.
But, should we be judging the playmaker on other fees in today’s market? Italian legend Andrea Pirlo seems to think so.
“Other than the crazy prices, the price of Coutinho is in line with the prices of today,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.
“If Van Dijk is worth €80m then he costs double. It’s only fair.”
Who are we to argue with the legendary Pirlo, right?
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has already been talking about the ways in which he can use his new recruit.
“We can take advantage of his versatility,” Valverde said.
“He scores and sets up goals, and going forward he can help us a lot as he can play both inside and out wide.”
“I think he can bring a lot to the team,” he added.
“He is here now, and good luck to him, because if he has luck then it will be good for us.”
The pressure is on Coutinho to perform now after lobbying so hard for the move, but with a supporting cast of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta etc, he has every chance.