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Aston Villa in talks with Barcelona over a bargain £12million deal to sign loanee Philippe Coutinho

Aston Villa make an initial offer of just £12m for Philippe Coutinho as they open talks with Barcelona about signing the Brazilian on a cut-price deal – with Catalans willing to sell at less than agreed £33m to get him off wage bill

  • Aston Villa have opened negotiations with Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho 
  • The 29-year-old attacking midfield star is on loan at the Premier League club 
  • Their agreement with the Spanish club had an option to buy set for a £33million
  • It is understood they’ve made an initial offer of around £12m; no fee is agreed yet

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Aston Villa have opened talks regarding a cut-price deal for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Manager Steven Gerrard made it clear at the weekend that he still wants to sign the 29-year-old on a permanent deal after an impressive spell on loan from Barcelona.

Their initial agreement with the Spanish club had an option to buy set for a £33million.

Aston Villa have opened talks with Barcelona to sign on-loan star Philippe Coutinho (pictured)

Aston Villa have opened talks with Barcelona to sign on-loan star Philippe Coutinho (pictured)

Aston Villa have opened talks with Barcelona to sign on-loan star Philippe Coutinho (pictured)

Premier League side Villa, managed by Coutinho's former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard (left), are understood to have made an initial offer of £12million for the Brazilian midfielder

Premier League side Villa, managed by Coutinho's former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard (left), are understood to have made an initial offer of £12million for the Brazilian midfielder

Premier League side Villa, managed by Coutinho’s former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard (left), are understood to have made an initial offer of £12million for the Brazilian midfielder

Villa are understood to have made an initial offer of around £12million – but no fee is agreed yet and talks between the clubs are ongoing. Cash-strapped Barcelona are willing to take a hit to move the Brazilian’s sizeable salary off their books.

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Should Villa agree a cut-price fee, they would still have to negotiate a compromise on his substantial salary. 

Coutinho has been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle but Villa and Gerrard have worked hard at convincing the midfielder he can play a big part in their plans.

Their initial agreement with the Spanish club had an option to buy set for a £33million but Barca boss Xavi (left) may accept less to move the Brazilian's sizeable salary off their books

Their initial agreement with the Spanish club had an option to buy set for a £33million but Barca boss Xavi (left) may accept less to move the Brazilian's sizeable salary off their books

Their initial agreement with the Spanish club had an option to buy set for a £33million but Barca boss Xavi (left) may accept less to move the Brazilian’s sizeable salary off their books

Gerrard played alongside the former Inter Milan star while he was at Anfield, before he moved to the Nou Camp for a minimum fee of £105m.

That transfer still represents the third-most expensive of all time, behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s moves to Paris Saint-Germain, but he has failed to impress consistently for the Spanish giants. 

Villa remain talks to add another holding player as they look to get transfer business done quickly and want a centre back and another forward.


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