Former Liverpool starlet and current Barcelona player, Philippe Coutinho, will once again go out on a loan move, this time back to the Premier League. He will be joining Aston Villa till the end of the season and reuniting with former Reds legend, Steven Gerrard, who is currently the manager of Villa. The Lions will have the option to buy the player as well and transfer specialist, Fabrizio Romano, has stated that the club will have to cough up 40 million euros in order to sign the Brazilian on a permanent basis. This can be pondered upon; however, this is great news for Barca at the present.
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder is in the prime of his career however, it is abundantly clear that Barcelona will not be the place where he will shine. He has worked under several different managers and has played with several different teammates; however, his Barca dream was never truly fulfilled. Perhaps the biggest irony is that he did manage to win the UEFA Champions League, but not with Barca, rather with Bayern Munich when he was out on loan to the German side. Now, he has the ability to reignite his career on English grounds and under a man who has played with him before.
It is great news for the Catalans as well, as they will now have enough room to fit in their newly recruited player, Ferran Torres. The Blaugrana had managed to snatch the talented winger from Manchester City in the winter transfer window however, due to the La Liga’s salary cap, they were not able to register him. Now that 65 percent of Coutinho’s wages are being paid by Villa, they will have enough money to register their new player while abiding by the league’s salary rules.