Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on a permanent basis from Barcelona, the Premier League club has confirmed.
The Brazilian playmaker joined Steven Gerrard’s squad on loan during the January transfer window.
He has scored four goals and provided three assists in 16 appearances so far for the Villans.
Gerrard has always been keen on making Coutinho’s move permanent; however, recent reports suggested Newcastle United were also trying to sign the ex-Liverpool man.
Thankfully for Aston Villa, the 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Villa Park.
Philippe Coutinho is here to stay. 😍 pic.twitter.com/FnIjvz3rwz
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 12, 2022
Gerrard told the club’s official website: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.
“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.
“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”
The club statement said that Villa have signed Coutinho for an undisclosed fee. Renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano shared on Twitter that the Villans will pay €20m (£17m) for the attacking midfielder.
Romano also claims that the club has inserted a 50 per cent sell-on clause for any future sale.
He said following Tuesday’s loss against Liverpool: “When you do lose, you really want to jump into the next one and get that win.
“We’ve got to go into it with a real game plan. Implementing the manager’s game plan will be key, as it is with every game really. We took Liverpool to the wire with the manager’s game plan. Whatever the plan is, we have to implement it and, if we do that, it gives us the best chance to get three points.”