Steven Gerrard has already confessed that he wants to see Philippe Coutinho permanently join Aston Villa
Philippe Coutinho’s future is far from clear – despite Steven Gerrard praying that Aston Villa could justify Brazil.
Villa confirmed Coutinho on loan from Barcelona in January and could finalize the contract for £ 33m. With four goals and three assists in Coutinho’s 10 Premier League matches, the business has become completely carefree from a football standpoint.
However, Coutinho’s astronomical salary casts doubt on whether the transfer is financially viable for the Ninth Villa. The 29-year-old is earning £ 480,000 a week in Barcelona.
Villa simply couldn’t commit to paying that much cash to a player – and most of his Premier League rivals wouldn’t know it. Coutinho would have to undertake a huge pay cut to make his loan final.
That’s not out of the question, as Coutinho has agreed to a pay cut to join the Villa in January, and her agent, Kia Joorabchian, has already admitted that the former Liverpool ace arrived at the Villa Park to seek a long-term stay in England. .
“When we set off in January to ask Barcelona if we wanted to move in, it was the Premier League, we didn’t really think about other leagues,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT in January. “It’s the league in which he feels most comfortable, he really wanted to come back, he misses it.
“He played in the Bundesliga, he had a great season, he won the Champions League, he won the championship, he had a lot of experience in the Bundesliga, he has good experience in the La Liga, he won several championships and cups. But ultimately, the Premier League, the intensity and the way we play here are the way to go. ”
Villa Coutinho can compete for some of its Premier League rivals, notably Arsenal, who are interested. But Gerrard’s head coach Villa’s trump card.
Joorabchian added, “They picked up some of the wages, but I think the more important thing is that Phil waived part of his salary. The reason for this is that he wants to come back to the Premier League and want to play with Steven and play at the Villa. Other clubs have offered full pay as well, but it was more about football. ”