Philippe Coutinho could permanently sign for Aston Villa

Philippe Coutinho could leave Camp Nou on a permanent deal this summer.

The Brazilian midfielder would cost Villains £33m if they were to sign him permanently this summer.

He has scored three goals and made three assists in seven games since joining Aston Villa this January window.

Manager Steven Gerrard outlines how Coutinho could be crucial for the team if they could sign him permanently.

‘Phil was successful at Barcelona but he had difficult periods as well,’ said Gerrard. ‘He got to the stage where he needed a change of scenery and a different movie.

‘We want to be that movie for him because if we want to get to where we want to be, we need to build it around talents like Phil, because at his best he is a high-level player.

‘All good teams have game-changers who the opposition are really concerned about before a ball is kicked. Phil has that status and he is giving belief to his team-mates.

‘Our strikers Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings want him alongside them because he delivers on the big stage. I don’t control transfer fees or wages. All I can do is give my opinion to (sporting director) Johan Lange, (chief executive) Christian Purslow and the owners. They are watching the games and they will make the final decision. Phil has shown what he is capable of so far.’


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