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Philippe Coutinho signs for Aston Villa from Barcelona



Philippe Coutinho signed a five and the half year deal with Barcelona

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to bring in former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.

The deal, which is subject to a medical and a work permit being granted, includes an option to buy the 29-year-old for £33m at the end of the season.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in a £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018.

However, the Brazil international has not had the expected impact and Barca are keen to lighten their wage bill.


Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham were also linked with a move for the Brazilian.

The playmaker, who has scored 26 goals in 106 appearances for the Catalans, has 18 months to run on his Nou Camp contract, which expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Philippe Coutinho starred alongside Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard at Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho starred alongside Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard at Liverpool

His move reunites him with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, who was his captain at Liverpool.

Gerrard, who described his former team-mate as a “special footballer” on Thursday, and Coutinho were key parts of the Liverpool side who fell just short of winning the Premier League title in 2014.

Coutinho scored 41 Premier League in 152 appearances for Liverpool, who he joined in a £8.5m move from Inter Milan in January 2013.

Meanwhile Villa striker Wesley has joined Brazilian club Internacional on a 12-month loan deal.


The 25-year-old, who signed from Club Bruges for £22m in June 2019 and has spent the first half of this season on loan at his former Belgian side, has scored five goals in 25 appearances for Villa.

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