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Barcelona striker Philippe Coutinho was prominent as Aston Villa went on a recent three-match winning streak in the Premier League.
Despite losses to West Ham and Arsenal coming into the international break, Villa have stabilized since the appointment of head coach Steven Gerrard in November, who took over from Dean Smith.
Villa are still believed to be interested in turning Coutinho’s loan into a permanent deal, but another suitor could still make a deal, according to the Spanish newspaper Sport.
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Newcastle United are said to be ready to switch to Coutinho if Villa, who have an option to buy, are unable to put together a long-term deal for the Brazilian winger.
Villa rented Coutinho in January and taking him out of Barcelona’s hands would reportedly cost around € 40 million (£ 33 million).
The 29-year-old has instantly become an integral part of Gerrard’s attack, delivering four goals and three assists in 10 Premier League matches since arriving.
But the prospect of a permanent deal is based on Villa being responsible for Coutinho’s significant salaries, which Barcelona are currently subsidizing. With new ownership, Newcastle appear to be able to find such funds.
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– Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 10, 2022
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