Aston Villa set for transfer coup with deal agreed to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on loan

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Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

The former Liverpool star had been in talks with old teammate Steven Gerrard, now the manager at Villa Park, over a move to the West Midlands.

On Friday, the club confirmed an agreement on terms with the player ahead of a six-month loan spell. The deal remains subject to a work permit and medical.

Villa have also sealed a deal with Barcelona to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis in the summer.

The transfer will officially be completed when the 29-year-old travels to Birmingham over the weekend, having reportedly been in touch with pals in the Premier League to discuss where is best to live in the local area.

Along with Gerrard, Brazil internationals Douglas Luiz and Wesley are on Villa’s books although the once-capped striker is currently out on loan at Club Brugge.

Coutinho has appeared 16 times for Barcelona this season, largely off the bench with two goals scored, and has failed to live up to the expectations of his £142million move from Liverpool in 2018.

In 2019, he was allowed to leave on loan to Bayern Munich and his exit will help the cash-strapped club cut down their wage bill and register recent signing from Manchester City, Ferran Torres.

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