Not many Barcelona fans will argue that Philippe Coutinho has been an excellent signing for the club since his €160 million move from Liverpool back in 2018. The midfielder was mostly used as an option from the bench and even when given the minutes, often played out of position under Ernesto Valverde’s stewardship and couldn’t justify his price tag when given regular minutes in the Ronald Koeman era.
His loan spell at Bayern Munich however was a successful one and showed glimpses of what could have been, had he been properly utilized at the Camp Nou and similar to this short-term move elsewhere, Coutinho has enjoyed a successful loan spell with Aston Villa since joining the Birmingham side back in January 2022.
Reunited with his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, who is now the coach of Aston Villa, the Brazilian has regained confidence and his performances have shown that. The loan deal with Barca included an option to buy Coutinho outright for €40 million.
Gerrard admitted as early as March that his side wanted to sign him on a permanent basis but the former Liverpool star warned that it would not be a straightforward deal and it is proving to be just that as Villa would rather pay around half of that fee – around €20m, Barca do not want to settle for such a low fee. The Catalan club would be open to parting ways with him for closer to €30m.
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Coutinho has earned the trust of the Villa faithful, having played 16 games so far and has provided 4 goals and 3 assists during that time and with 3 games left in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Manchester City, there is still some time left for him to add to his goals and assists tally. (via FBref)
The deal looks likely as the Villa manager will receive backing from Villa’s billionaire owners to make significant moves in the transfer market this summer.
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