Coutinho has already flown to Spain to complete the deal, which could be signed, sealed and delivered before the weekend is over.
According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Coutinho will be given the No.7 shirt for the remainder of the campaign, with Lionel Messi the holder of the No.10—the number the former Inter star donned at Anfield.
The only issue is that the number is currently occupied by Arda Turan but the Turkish midfielder is yet to feature for Barcelona this season and is expected to leave Camp Nou at some point during the January transfer window. Barcelona will gladly take it from him and hand it to their new record signing.
Coutinho is expected to be officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday and he could make his debut against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday evening.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2018