We knew it was coming.
Philippe Coutinho has moved to Barcelona for an eye-watering British record £142million.
He will join up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and will take his seat as Andres Iniesta’s long-term replacement.
It means Barcelona now have Brazil’s best midfielder and Coutinho.
But how much is his release clause, I hear you ask.
Well as it turns out, it’s not very high.
It only just makes the top 10 of highest release clauses in world football.
As The Mail reports, the £355million Barca have placed on the little magician’s head is far lower than Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s.
Surprisingly it’s less than Real Madrid have protected Dani Ceballos and Karim Benzema with.
Neymar does not make the top 10, but that’s because he doesn’t actually have a release clause.
He is available to anyone who can stump up the £198million Paris Saint-Germain paid for him in the summer.
Ronaldo and Benzema top the list with it taking £886million to prise either of them away from Real Madrid.
Messi is next, looking a snip at just £626million for a 30-year-old
Barcelona finally got their man after a prolonged summer transfer saga which ended unsuccessfully.
They paid a premium to take Coutinho in January but the transfer, along with Ousman Dembele’s return from a long injury break, significantly strengthens their sqaud.
La Liga is pretty much wrapped up and Coutinho is cuptied for the Champions League so we will have to wait until next season to see his true worth to the Catalans.
And we can’t wait.