The Catalans and the English are agreeing on the last details about the Brazilian's contract Barcelona and Aston Villa have entered into final negotiations on the loan of Philippe Coutinho, Catalan media report. There is great optimism in the Barcelona camp that a final agreement will be reached today or tomorrow.
It is a loan, and its formula is currently being negotiated. Barcelona wants Aston Villa to commit to a release clause, considering that the player's contract expires in the summer of 2023 and that this is probably the last chance to take some decent money for reinforcements paid to 135,000.0000 euros to Liverpool.
On the other hand, Aston Villa want a loan with the option to buy. Although there are quite different views, it is expected that the two sides will soon find a common language because Barcelona is in a hurry. The Catalan club is in trouble with the salary limit being exceeded.
Philippe Coutinho has one of the biggest contracts in the team, and his departure would relieve the budget and open a place for the registration of the biggest winter reinforcement, Ferran Torres, whom Xavi wants to count on for the match against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on January 12.
Newcastle was interested in Philippe Coutinho, as well as some Brazilian clubs, but he wants to go to Aston Villa, which is coached by his former teammate Steven Gerrard.
Philippe Coutinho and World Cup
Brazilian clubs could not offer him the salary he has in Barcelona, while with Newcastle he risks being relegated from the league, which is not a good thing in the World Cup year.
Philippe Coutinho hopes that he will find the confidence and minutes with Gerard to get him back in shape so that he can be on the list of the Brazilian coach Tito for the World Cup in Qatar. Philippe Coutinho has not been in the shape he used to be for a long time, and the biggest reason for that is injuries.
However, even without injuries, Philippe Coutinho failed to show in Barcelona everything he could in Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho has one of the biggest contracts in the team, and his departure would relieve the budget and open a place for the registration of the biggest winter reinforcement, Ferran Torres, whom Xavi wants to count on for the match against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on January 12.
Steven Gerrard is aware of what Philippe Coutinho is like and how much he can do when he is fully prepared. Steven Gerrard knows how to get the most out of a player, and a player like Philippe Coutinho could be of great help to Aston Villa, which is playing quite well this season.