Coutinho joins Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona – world – sports
File photo: Spanish Real Betis midfielder Sergio Canales (left) vies with Brazilian Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp stadium Nou in Barcelona. – Philippe Coutinho joins Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona, the Premier League club announced on January 7, 2022. AFP
The 29-year-old Brazil international moved to Camp Nou from Liverpool in 2018 on a £ 142million ($ 192million) deal, but struggled to establish himself and made it through the season 2019/20 on loan at Bayern Munich.
He won the Champions League with the German club, who beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals of this season’s competition.
The attacking midfielder will join Villa boss Steven Gerrard in Birmingham, with whom he played in Liverpool.
“Aston Villa and FC Barcelona have agreed conditions for Philippe Coutinho to spend the remainder of the season on loan at Villa Park,” Villa said in a brief statement.
“The deal, which is subject to the player passing a medical examination and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to purchase and Philippe will travel to Birmingham within the next 48 hours.”
Villa are 13th in the Premier League after three defeats in four games after a strong start under Gerrard, who took over at Villa Park in November.
Gerrard on Thursday described his former Liverpool team-mate as a “footballer special” while declining to comment on speculation linking him to a move to Villa.
Barcelona said in a statement Coutinho, who has made 106 appearances for the club, are expected to travel to Birmingham in the next few hours.
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