DONE DEAL: Philippe Coutinho Joins Aston Villa On Loan

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Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.

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, interest came yesterday from Aston Villa as manager Steven Gerrard is a huge admirer of Coutinho, and a former Liverpool team-mate of the Brazilian. Arsenal, Everton and Spurs were all been said to have interest in a potential move.

Aston Villa confirmed the move:

“Aston Villa and FC Barcelona have agreed terms for Philippe Coutinho to spend the rest of this season on loan at Villa Park.

“The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy and Philippe will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.”

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 who has signed with the Magpies.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have seen their fortunes shift following the arrival of Steven Gerrard.

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