Coutinho backs career revival under Steven Gerrard as Aston Villa target midfielder

Your Aston Villa morning headlines from Birmingham Live on Saturday, January 8, 2022, following the sensational arrival of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.

Villa seeks ‘bargain’ Coutinho as transfer details emerge

Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on an initial six-month loan deal and supporters have already described the transfer as the biggest in the club’s history.

Villa have the option of extending Coutinho’s stay at the club after this season with a permanent transfer.

It has been reported by the BBC that Villa will have to pay £33 million to bring Coutinho to Villa Park on a permanent basis beyond the end of the season, but this is not an obligation.

Villa head coach Steven Gerrard is said to have had a major influence on Coutinho’s decision to swap Nou Camp for Villa Park, amid interest from many clubs across Europe and the Premier League.

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Gerard’s plan for Coutinho after Villa transfer

Steven Gerrard had a gleam in his eye when he was questioned over the ongoing speculation about Philippe Coutinho’s future at Barcelona, ​​with Aston Villa tipped as a surprise destination for the 29-year-old.

“He’s an amazing footballer,” Gerard said. “He was at a level that very few football players have with his imagination and creativity. His highlight reels are there for all to see.”

Gerrard opted not to pour cold water on the sensationalized rumours, but instead chose to wax lyrical about a player who, after splitting with Liverpool in January 2018 for an astonishing £142million, became the Premier League’s record sales to date happened.

Coutinho admitted at the time that he had completed a ‘dream’ move to Barcelona, ​​but four years later, number 10 Mercurial returned to the Premier League to revive his career.

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Strongest XI after blockbuster Coutinho transfer

Aston Villa have landed arguably the most high-profile signing in their history, with Philippe Coutinho joining Barcelona for the rest of the season.

Villa have an option to buy the Brazilian if the transfer as head coach comes ahead of Steven Gerrard’s statement.

Coutinho is due to complete a medical and will fly to Birmingham within the next 48 hours and will make his Premier League debut for Manchester United next weekend (15 January).

But how will Villa shape up with the “little wizard” who just 18 months ago turned Champions League winners during a spectacular loan spell at Bayern Munich.

Here are three structures that could slot in with Coutinho Villa raising standards soon after the signing of Bodimoor Heath.

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Coutinho. After landing, Villa drew attention to Bisouma.

Aston Villa have emerged as the suitor for the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bisouma, According to reports.

Defensive midfielder Bisouma is currently away with his native Mali, representing them in the 2022 African Cup of Nations, where they will take on Tunisia, The Gambia and Mauritania in their group stages this month.

Bisouma, 25, has been on Brighton’s first team since his departure from Lille in 2018 and has made over 100 appearances for them in that time. During those seasons, he has drawn interest from some of England’s top teams.

Now it appears you can add villas to that list.

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Coutinho’s Barcelona record defended as exciting prediction

Micah Richards is confident that Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa will put in the best of Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian has joined Villa in a sensational loan move that could be permanent over the summer.

Coutinho was considered one of the best players on the planet when he left Liverpool in 2018 to join Barcelona, ​​where he was Gerrard’s teammate.

The 29-year-old had a disappointing performance at the Nou Camp although he won the Champions League in 2020 while on loan at Bayern Munich.

Pundit and former Villa defender Richards says Coutinho’s struggles at Barca are over and he hopes to get his career back on track at Villa Park.

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