Aston Villa Monitoring Barca’s Coutinho

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Aston Villa is one of the Premier League clubs keeping an eye on Philippe Coutinho’s situation as he seeks to leave Barcelona.
Coutinho, with whom Gerrard played at Liverpool, is a tremendous fan of Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

Barca are anxious to offload the 29-year-old Brazil playmaker after sealing a £55 million deal with Manchester City to sign Ferran Torres.
Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle United, and Spurs have all been connected with him.

Coutinho is likewise looking for a fresh start as he attempts to resurrect a career that has stalled since his £142 million move from Liverpool in January 2018, despite winning the Champions League while on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona in 2020.

Barcelona’s pay bill has been bloated as a result of Coutinho’s departure, and the club has been unable to register Torres as a player since signing him on December 28.

The Brazilian was a major figure with Gerrard when Liverpool almost won the Premier League is 2014 and the notion of being reunited with his inspirational former captain may well hold allure for a player with plans on joining a team of high ambition when he departs Barcelona.

Gerrard is examining alternatives to enhance his squad after leaving Rangers to succeed Dean Smith at Villa in November but believes he will not be hurried into deals. He said: “We won’t sign players for the sake of it just to add volume. We are looking and assessing certain players for certain positions in the squad.”

Source: BBC Sport

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