Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho has shocked every football fan and has joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the season, from Barcelona. Coutinho will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours to complete his medical. The deal will also give Aston Villa an option to buy the former Liverpool payer come the end of the season.
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Coutinho wanted to return to England after his disappointing €135 million move from Liverpool to Barcelona four years ago. He moved to Aston Villa due to his wish of playing regular football and being involved in an ambitious project, aiming for future success. It is also being reported that a return back to Liverpool was also on the cards, but the Reds didn’t pursue their former star player.
Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Aston Villa will pay around 65% of his wages. He has also stated that Aston Villa manager and former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrad has been crucial in this deal, reportedly calling Coutinho three times in the last 48 hours. The agreement is still subject to the player completing his medical and gaining a work permit.