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Aston Villas’ hopes of capturing Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis this summer have been given a huge boost amid an update from the Spanish store Mundo Deportivo.
Coutinho returned to the Premier League in January by joining Villa on a six-month loan from Barcelona. The move saw the Brazilian international attempt to recreate its former magic with Liverpool.
Working with former Reds teammate Steven Gerrard clearly works. Coutinho has a record of four goals and three assists from 10 games so far.
He has performed first-class performances against Leeds United and Southampton, and has helped Villans score three goals or more in those matches.
Coutinho’s move to Barcelona has not exactly gone according to plan. And Villa seeks to take advantage of the situation by bring him back to England permanently.
Mundo Deportivo has all the latest. They claim Barca and Coutinho want to break ties this summer. That is instead of waiting for his contract to expire in 2023.
Coutinho sees his move to Villa Park as the ‘best decision’ he has made since originally joining Liverpool in 2013.
Philippe Coutinho looks at longer transfer
There is great praise for the West Midlands outfit, and a longer reunion is definitely on the cards.
According to the report, Coutinho has always facilitated loan movements when they have come to his attention.
And he is again ready to play his part in a transfer. Mundo Deportivo the state of Coutinho is willing to take a huge pay cut when he joins the Villa in the summer.
This had been the only stumbling block for Gerrard’s side. But now that it’s out of the way, they can start making a deal with Barca.
Star could earn £ 120k a week
The 29-year-old earns £ 480,000 a week, with Villa paying around £ 120,000 of it as part of the loan deal.
Coutinho will have to settle for the latter amount if he wants to leave the Nou Camp forever – and he is willing to do so.
The former Inter man is currently on international service with Brazil. He reached the finish line during their 4-0 win over Chile earlier this week.
Coutinho is in line to join when Brazil travels to Bolivia on Wednesday.
After the end of the international break, Villa play against Wolves and then Tottenham in the Premier League.
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