Barça and Aston Villa agree to loan Coutinho

Barcelona. According to their own information, FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with the Aston Villa club of the English Premier League for the loan of Brazilian footballer Philippe Coutinho.

The former Bavaro will initially be loaned to Aston Villa until the end of this season, the agreement also includes a purchase option, Barça announced on its website. Initially, nothing was disclosed on the financial details of the deal. Barça only wrote that Aston Villa would pay “part” of Coutinho’s salary.

The contract is still subject to the condition that the 29-year-old pass the medical examination and obtain a UK work permit. Villa manager Steven Gerrard played for Liverpool FC alongside Coutinho and is said to have a major impact on the midfielder, who has been with Barça since January 2018. Coutinho will travel to Birmingham “in the next few hours,” he wrote FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona wants Coutinho from its payroll, who could never prevail at the Camp Nou and was awarded to FC Bayern Munich in the second half of the 2019/20 season. The club, which is heavily in debt with 1.35 billion euros, has to reduce its salary if it wants to sign new players in the winter or summer transfer window. At the top of the Catalans’ wish list is Norwegian striker Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Haaland has a contract with BVB until 2024, but can leave the Revierclub this summer with an exit clause for supposedly € 75 million.

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