Aston Villa learn Philippe Coutinho price as transfer discussions held over Leeds United star
A look at all the latest Aston Villa transfer news and rumours as Steven Gerrard and his men look to guarantee top-flight safety.
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Back-to-back wins mean just two more wins should wrap up safety for Villa, and with 12 games still to play, relegation is becoming a fear of the past.
But what Villa must avoid is finding themselves back in a position where they are battling the drop having got off to a poor start to the current campaign.
New signings will be required to avoid more difficulty in the top flight, and here we round up all the latest rumours.
And The Athletic have followed up those reports with a report of their own, claiming the Villa board have met to discuss a possible move for Phillips.
It’s reported the midfielder could cost £60million, which would be a huge commitment for the Lions.
Philippe Coutinho has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Aston Villa so far, working under former Liverpool teammate Gerrard.
Whether Villa will move to make the deal permanent remains to be seen, but according to CalcioMercato, Barca have now set a price.
The report claims the Blaugrana want £34million to sell the Brazilian midfielder this summer, despite signing him for well over £100million back in 2018.
Young contract talks
Villa are in discussions to extend Ashley Young’s contract beyond this season.
The former Manchester United star returned to Villa on a short-term deal, but at the age of 36, it looks as though he could stick around.
“There have already been discussions,” Gerrard has said. “I’ve made it clear to Ash that I want him to stay around.
“The key to this will always be the player. He has to be happy, want to stay, negotiate and have his people connect to the club. There’s still a lot to discuss moving forward and here’s no rush but I’ll make it clear that we’re very happy with him.”