Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for €20 million (£17.2m).
The Guardian is reporting that a deal has been agreed which will see the 29-year-old’s loan move to Villa Park turn into a permanent one this summer.
The newspaper states that the opportunity to continue working under his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard was key to the Brazilian’s decision to accept the transfer.
The 29-year-old has impressed during his loan spell in the Midlands after recording four goals and three assists for Gerrard’s outfit since singing in January,
Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona for a staggering £142 million in January 2018.
Liverpool reinvested the money to sign Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side going on to win the Champions League and Premier League - as well as challenging for the quadruple this season.
Coutinho, on the other hand, struggled to make an impact at Barca and was loaned to Bayern Munich where was part of their Champions League winning side in 2020.
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