Aston Villa have emerged as potential suitors for Philippe Coutinho as the Barcelona outcast looks set to leave Camp Nou.
Coutinho has been surplus to requirement at Barca almost since the get-go when he signed for the club three years ago to the day, and the signing of Ferran Torresfrom Manchester City for £55m only creates more urgency with players needing to leave before the Spaniard can be officially registered.
While Newcastle United were mooted as early favourites, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is a huge admirer of Coutinho, and a former Liverpool team-mate of the Brazilian. Arsenal, Everton and Spurs have all been said to have interest in a potential move.
Coutinho is also “keen for a fresh start” as his Barcelona career has struggled since a £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018. He has since won the Champions League in 2020 while on loan at Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Coutinho may not be the only star ready to swap Barcelona for the Premier League, with Newcastle United reportedly tabling a “monster offer” in order to try and secure the signature of Ousmane Dembele.
Newcastle United have found themselves rooted to the relegation zone this season, with an escape looking almost impossible. However, a Saudi-backed takeover means the club has money to burn, with an influx of players set to arrive starting with Kieran Trippier.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have seen their fortunes shift following the arrival of Steven Gerrard.