Former Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho is set to join Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season.
Aston Villa fended off challenge from Liverpool to secure the signature of the 29-year old although sources indicate Liverpool were not keen on bringing back the Brazilian to Anfield.
The deal dubbed ‘here we go’ by reliable transfer broker Fabrizio Romano will see Aston Villa pay around 65% (taxes included) of Coutinho’s salary and included is an option to buy clause not mandatory.
It is confirmed that Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard who the former Bayern Munich player lined up with during his time at Liverpool was a major force in bringing the Brazilian to Villa Park as he reportedly had more than three direct contacts with Coutinho in the last two days.
Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan and made 152 Premier League appearances and be netted 41 goals and provided 35 assists of which five were free kicks before completing a move to Barcelona in 2018 for a club-record fee of £146m.
However he struggled to secure a regular spot with the Catalan side and was loaned out for the 2019/20 season where he won the treble with Bayern Munich.
Coutinho will be in England today to complete his move and subsequently Barcelona now have the space and have confirmed to have registered new signing Ferran Torres.