Aston Villa confirm the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

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Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for €20million and have tied the Brazilian down to a contract until 2026.

This is according to Sky Sports, who confirm that the 29-year-old has made his original six-month loan deal a permanent one, which ends a torrid four years in Barcelona.

Coutinho signed for the Catalan giants in January 2018 for a massive £146milliion according to Sky Sports, which makes the former Liverpool man the fourth most expensive signing in football history.

After an impressive half-season at Barca, things never worked out for Coutinho at his dream club and was severely mismanaged during his time in Spain. This resulted in a move to Villa in January, where the Brazilian will now look to resurrect his career.

Philippe Coutinho joins Aston Villa on a permanent deal

Coutinho has played 16 times in the Premier League this season and has scored four goals and assisted a further three for the Villans. The 29-year-old has been very impressive at times but has lacked a little bit of consistency which the midfielder will be hoping to fix for the next campaign.

Gerrard was said to be the one pushing for the deal to become a permanent one and said upon signing his former teammate via Aston Villa: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.

“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.

“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”


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