According to Gerard Romero and Fabrizio Romano, Aston Villa are close to signing Philippe Coutinho permanently and is close to a deal with Barcelona.
The Brazilian star attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is currently playing for Aston Villa in the English Premier League after a loan move from Barcelona this season.
The 29-year-old Brazilian is getting regular starts under his former colleague of Liverpool, Stephen Gerard, who is the manager of Aston Villa. Philippe Coutinho is enjoying his time in the Birmingham club and wants to join them permanently before the World Cup.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the club has agreed on personal terms with the player. They are close to making a deal with Barcelona by paying around €20M.
Is Philippe Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa good for Barcelona?
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is reportedly happy with the deal as they need to offload the player who has been a burden for them for a couple of seasons now. The Brazilian star Coutinho never seemed to settle into the Barcelona plan.
Moreover, it seems like a necessary deal from Barcelona’s point of view as they need to get rid of the enormous salary they pay Coutinho amid the financial crisis. As Barcelona aims to sign some big names, they need to offload Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona brought in Coutinho from Liverpool back in January 2018 for €135M.
His stat for Barcelona
This Brazilian attacking midfielder scored 8 goals and 5 assists in 18 matches for Barcelona in the La Liga in the 2017-2018 season. He scored 5 goals and 2 assists in the La Liga season 2018-2019 and 3 goals in the Champions League for Barcelona in that season.
Coutinho was loaned off to Bayern Munich in the 2019-2020 season. He scored 8 goals and 6 assists in 23 matches for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
In the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, Coutinho scored four goals and 2 assists for Barcelona in the La Liga in 24 matches. He scored only 1 Champions League goal in this period.
Is Philippe Coutinho’s move good for Aston Villa?
Getting a player like Philippe Coutinho for just a €20M transfer fee is magnificent for Aston Villa. Moreover, Coutinho has been a crucial player for Stephen Gerard’s side in the attacking mid area. Aston Villa’s game has improved noticeably since the joining of Coutinho. He has been a star player in the squad.
His stat for Aston Villa
Philippe Coutinho has scored 4 goals and 3 assists for Aston Villa in 15 matches.
Is Aston Villa good for him?
Philippe Coutinho is getting regular starts at the English club, and this is what you need as a player in the World Cup year.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder wants to go to Qatar with the team for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Playing at Aston Villa will help in this cause.
Philippe Coutinho has 20 goals for Brazil in 68 caps, including 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 matches in the 2018 World Cup.
To sum up, Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa is a good deal for all the parties. What do you make out of this transfer? Share your thoughts below in the comment. Stay tuned to get all the exciting transfer news. Do you know Erling Haaland is a done deal for Manchester City?