Aston Villa and Barcelona have confirmed an agreement to take Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League on loan.
The Brazilian will spend the rest of the season at Villa Park, subject to completing a medical and receiving a work permit, and Steven Gerrard’s side will have an option to buy at the end of the deal.
Coutinho joins on a six-month loan with a purchase option. The clubs will share the burden of his wages, and while the ratio is unknown, it is to be believed that the Villa are paying most of his salary.
The Brazilian has been linked with an exit for a while now, with several Premier League clubs interested in his signature. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton were leading the race, but Steven Gerrard’s excellent personal relationship helped complete the move to Birmingham.
This move is in the best interest of all parties. Coutinho is looking for minutes before the World Cup, while Barcelona are desperately trying to reduce their wage bill. For Aston Villa, it is an attacking reinforcement as the club sits 13th in the league.